The Orioles are weighing Machado trade offers from seven teams - including six in the National League - so the team's best player could be moved in the coming weeks or the coming days. "Again, I just want to thank the fans for voting and for making this all come true".
A trade before the All-Star Game could leave the Orioles without an All-Star Game representative in a year the event is just down the road in Washington. I'm trying to go out there and have fun.
A free agent at the end of the season, Machado - whose Orioles own the worst record in the majors - has been a one-man engine for the rumor mill as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.
Sources on Sunday identified the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers as the most serious suitors for Machado, but the Yankees' farm system likely is strong enough to trump any club's offer, assuming the Orioles are willing to send him to NY as a rental.
Regardless of where and when Machado gets traded, he knows that a large part of his All-Star experience this year will be dealing with all the trade talk. "You can tell that he was on a little mission to be consistent all year this year and I think this is consistent with that". "It's been nonstop, every city we've gone to, with reporters asking questions", he said. Obviously there's going to be some more new questions coming out there at that time. Asked to compare this July to ones where the team has tried to add, he's said there's not much difference to what will happen to these Orioles than years past.
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The only thing the Orioles should care about is getting the best deal for their star. The organization gave me the opportunity to go back to shortstop and play my natural position.
"For me to that jersey on, it will be like the first time that I was selected for the All-Star Game".
Machado has been a third baseman for much of his career before moving to shortstop with the O's this season. Their current shortstop, Chris Taylor, has played second base and center field for them this year as well as third base and left field for them last year. But Machado, who turned 26 last week, isn't focusing on that.
"I'm the American League starter", he said. That's all I've been celebrating with my wife, with my family. It's just made us better and brought us closer together. "We're not even thinking about that". Machado has a.312 batting average, .381 OBP, and a.560 SLG with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs at 343 at bats.
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