Manny Machado Trade Rumors: Offers for 3B 'Not Close' to Orioles Asking Price

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2018

Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado reacts to something from the bench of the Tampa Bay Rays before a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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Teams interested in Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado reportedly haven't offered anything close to what the O's are hoping to land in return for him, according to Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston

With Machado eligible to become a free agent next offseason, his name has been one of the biggest on the MLB trade block since the end of the 2017 campaign.

Multiple teams have reportedly kicked the tires on Machado, including the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees.

Per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, however, the Orioles haven't been impressed with the offers they have gotten, and Machado is likely to begin the season in Baltimore.

The 25-year-old is coming off another strong season, as he hit .259 with 33 home runs and 95 RBI. Machado has now clubbed 30 or more homers in three straight seasons and driven in 90 or more runs in two consecutive campaigns.

A three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner, Machado figures to be one of the biggest names available on the open market next offseason along with Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, if neither signs an extension before then.

By keeping Machado, the Orioles could be playing with fire and risk losing him to free agency for nothing in return.

Losing Machado at all would be a major blow to the franchise, but due to his youth and ability, there is little doubt that trading him could bring back an impressive package of prospects.

At the same time, it is likely that teams are apprehensive about giving up too much for Machado in a trade since there are no assurances that he will sign a long-term deal before next offseason.

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