Red Sox Have Been In Contact With Orioles About Manny Machado

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Each team would not only acquire the most prized asset on the trade market, but it'd also keep Machado from its biggest rival.

Machado is in the midst of the best season of his seven-year Major League Baseball career. Sonny Gray was great, Greg Bird hit another home run, and now the Yanks will head to Cleveland to close out the first half with a four-game set with the Indians.

There is no denying that his performance value could not be higher than it is at the moment.

Now, it seems as if the Phillies are in a position to completely overtake other teams in hopes that a trade for Machado will happen sooner rather than later. The O's can sit back and let the bidding war play out.

The Diamondbacks have been connected to the pursuit of the Orioles star since last offseason, and they continue to pop up as suitors as the trade deadline nears. That will not win you a series in October. They have also been linked to infielders like Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins, Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds, Asdrubal Cabrera of the New York Mets and Josh Harrison of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Kansas City Royals are not one of those teams, thankfully.

Schmuck wrote a Red Sox scout was in attendance for the Orioles' game Tuesday against the New York Yankees, presumably to get a firsthand look at Machado.

April 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA: Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. And with an already depleted farm system, it's better off that they have kept themselves out of the running. Considering their need of starting pitching, there's no wonder why Cashman is hesitant to deal Sheffield for just three guaranteed months of Machado.

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