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Phillies have increased their offer for Orioles' star shortstop
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The Manny Machado sweepstakes have gained significant momentum in the recent days. MLB.com gets you up to date with the latest news and rumors surrounding the Orioles' star, who is expected to be moved ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

• While the Yankees and Dodgers still have the strongest offers on the table for Machado, the Phillies have increased theirs, reports MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal via Twitter. Meanwhile, the Brewers are fading from the race and the D-backs are on the "periphery," per Rosenthal, who acknowledged that all discussions remains fluid.

The Manny Machado sweepstakes have gained significant momentum in the recent days. MLB.com gets you up to date with the latest news and rumors surrounding the Orioles' star, who is expected to be moved ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

• While the Yankees and Dodgers still have the strongest offers on the table for Machado, the Phillies have increased theirs, reports MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal via Twitter. Meanwhile, the Brewers are fading from the race and the D-backs are on the "periphery," per Rosenthal, who acknowledged that all discussions remains fluid.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: #Phillies have increased their offer for #Orioles��� Machado, sources tell The Athletic. #Dodgers and #Yankees remain strongest. #Brewers fading, #DBacks on periphery.Standard caveat applies: Trade talks are fluid, and one text or call can change dynamic of discussions.

The Phillies remain steadfast in their refusal to deal top prospect Sixto Sanchez (MLB's No. 23 overall prospect, per MLB Pipeline) but are willing to trade from their starting pitching depth at all levels of the Minors, according to Rosenthal, who notes that the Orioles have ramped up their background work on the Phillies' farm system and are interested in Adonis Medina (Philadelphia's No. 2 prospect, No. 74 overall).

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: #Orioles have ramped up background work on #Phillies prospects, responding to Phils��� increased interest in Machado, sources tell The Athletic. Phils won���t move RHP Sixto Sanchez but are willing to trade from SP depth from Low A to AAA. RHP Adonis Medina of interest to O���s.

When the Orioles recently played the Phils, Machado said of the club, per NBC Sports Philadelphia: "They're a good team over there. I know that they're playing great baseball."

The Phillies would likely want Machado to remain at shortstop, though many other interested clubs would likely want to acquire Machado to play third, such as the Yankees, Dodgers, Braves and Red Sox -- all of whom have been linked to Machado at some point. 

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• O's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette told ESPN's Buster Olney on the Break Time podcast that -- despite Machado's recent assertions that he wants to play shortstop long term -- Machado is also "realistic" about his Gold Glove Award-winning ability to play third base, the position many interested suitors would like to acquire him as.

Machado recently said that he is a shortstop when asked if he would move back to third for an acquiring club. However, Duquette tempered those assertions by attributing that Machado's competitive mindset and focus on where he's contributing is more at the forefront than a stern stubbornness to dictate where he'll play.

"I had to chuckle when I read it," Duquette said. "I'm gonna tell you this, though, Manny in his heart of hearts sees himself as a shortstop. He came up playing shortstop. He loves to play the position. He has the flair and that position gives him the opportunity to use his creativity in the field. But I think he's realistic."

Machado has been most prominently linked to the Yankees, Red Sox, Brewers and D-backs over the recent days. Boston and New York, both AL East rivals of the Orioles, already have established shortstops in Xander Bogaerts and Didi Gregorius, respectively, and would likely acquire Machado to play third. Arizona and Milwaukee, however, have lacked production from shortstop in their respective lineups and would likely trade for Machado to remain at short. The Braves have also been linked to Machado, and they would covet him at third. 

"As he matures, he's such a skilled third baseman," Duquette said of Machado. "I mean, unbelievable plays at third base. I've never seen anybody makes the plays at third base that he makes. I think he's realistic about that. But I think in his heart of hearts, Manny would love to play shortstop, but he's an awesome third baseman too."

Machado rose through the Minors as a shortstop but moved to third due to then-incumbent Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who won the AL Gold Glove Award from 2012-14. Machado won the Gold Glove Award at third in '13 and '15. Most advanced defensive metrics suggest Machado is much better at third as well. According to FanGraphs, his minus-20 Defensive Runs Saved rank as the lowest among qualified shortstops this year. 

 On Wednesday, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported that the Yankees have made a "strong offer" for Machado. 

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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