The Orioles arrived at baseball’s winter meetings seeking clarity on Manny Machado’s future with the club, and less than two full days into the offseason’s annual rumor-fest, the team is closer than ever before to entertaining the possibility of trading their best home-grown talent in years before he reaches free agency at the end of the 2018 season.
The Orioles had been focused on reloading for another run at the postseason in 2018 before key players such as Machado, closer Zach Britton, center fielder Adam Jones and setup man Brad Brach reach free agency after next season and before Duquette and manager Buck Showalter complete the final year of their contracts.
However, dealing a popular home-grown player such as Machado — especially without making a substantial attempt at signing him to a long-term extension — would be a tough sell to a fan base energized by recent success but fearing a return to the dark ages of 14 straight losing seasons.
However, this development has less to do with Beckham or Schoop, or even Machado’s desire to play shortstop, than with the Orioles’ asleep-at-the-wheel approach over several years that hasn’t ensured that Machado — one of the best players to wear an Orioles uniform — will remain with the club long term.
Whether or not Machado is ultimately dealt, Duquette wouldn’t acknowledge that the Orioles might be entering a rebuild, even with the division-rival New York Yankees having bulked up with the trade acquisition of Stanton, the 2017 National League Most Valuable Player, and the Boston Red Sox positioning themselves to counter that with a big move of their own.
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