Machado to Dodgers trade reportedly 'happening'

July 18th, 2018

With rumors of Manny Machado to the Dodgers swirling for much of the day on All-Star Tuesday, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported -- shortly after interviewing Machado in the American League dugout during the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard -- that a Machado trade to the Dodgers is "happening."'s Brittany Ghiroli said sources have told her the same information.

In return for their superstar shortstop, the Orioles will receive a package that includes 21-year-old outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz, who's ranked the Dodgers' No. 4 prospect and the No. 84 overall prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.
According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, the Dodgers are believed to be sending four other prospects to Baltimore in the deal, but will not receive any cash from the Orioles in exchange. He notes that Los Angeles will nevertheless remain under the luxury tax threshold. 

Machado told Rosenthal in his All-Star Game in-game interview that he did not yet know about a trade.
"I'm trying to enjoy this off-day tomorrow," Machado said. "We'll see what happens, but as of now, I haven't heard anything."
Machado did not talk to the media upon leaving Nationals Park, but he stopped to speak to former Orioles teammate and hugged folks in the tunnel.
Machado will be a free agent after this season, but even if he ends up a half-season rental for the Dodgers, he could be a huge difference-maker in the National League West race. The Dodgers, who entered the All-Star break leading the division by a half-game over the D-backs at 53-43, lost star shortstop for the season due to Tommy John surgery. And Machado is having a career year offensively, hitting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs entering the second half.