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Manny Machado Trade Rumors: Physicals No Longer Holding Up Move to Dodgers

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2018

American League, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado looks over his shoulder as he walks onto the field before the Major League Baseball All-star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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The trade that would sent Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers has yet to be finalized, and one reported hurdle appears to no longer be standing in the way of completing the deal.

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reported on Wednesday the blockbuster trade will happen after some "final points" are reviewed, but any medical concerns have been settled. 

Earlier on Wednesday, MLB Network Radio's Steve Phillips reported one or more of the Dodgers prospects included in the proposed trade may not pass the physicals necessary to complete the deal. The medical holdup wasn't over the centerpiece of the swap, minor league outfielder Yusniel Diaz, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred, who added it was over a "complementary piece."

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported on Tuesday the Orioles will trade Machado to the Dodgers, but The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported the teams still had issues to iron out before crossing the finish line:

Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

Can report with more certainty: Machado to #Dodgers happening. Among remaining questions, in addition to specifics of return beyond OF Yusniel Diaz: How much money, if any, #Orioles will send #Dodgers to secure a better package and help ease LAD’s luxury-tax concerns.

The full specifics of the trade remain unclear.

According to Heyman, the Dodgers were looking to keep right-hander Dustin May and middle infielder Gavin Lux.

Diaz is batting .314 with six home runs and 30 RBI in 59 Double-A games this season. He's the No. 84 overall prospect on MLB.com and represented the World team in the 2018 Futures Game. Diaz went 2-for-5 with a pair of homers.

Nightengale reported the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers "could still be in the mix." If the Dodgers and Orioles were to reach an impasse, then one of those two teams might be able to swoop in and acquire Machado ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.