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Trade Talk: Machado, Happ, Choo, Bundy

The latest news and rumors leading up to July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline
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As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news, buzz, rumors and more.

Machado appears bound for LA
July 17: We may have a winner in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, as MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported "with more certainty" on Tuesday night that Machado will be dealt to the Dodgers.

As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news, buzz, rumors and more.

Machado appears bound for LA
July 17: We may have a winner in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, as MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported "with more certainty" on Tuesday night that Machado will be dealt to the Dodgers.

Among the few remaining hurdles, according to Rosenthal, was the exact return heading to Baltimore beyond outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 84 prospect in the game and the Dodgers' No. 4 prospect. MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli said sources have told her the same information.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: Can report with more certainty: Machado to #Dodgers happening. Among remaining questions, in addition to specifics of return beyond OF Yusniel Diaz: How much money, if any, #Orioles will send #Dodgers to secure a better package and help ease LAD���s luxury-tax concerns.

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. 

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Machado deal to dodgers is agreed upon, tho could be still some medical/approval to go. Press conference slated for Wednesday or Thursday. Many prospects going to orioles (believed to be 5). No $ in deal (LA will remain under threshold anyway)

As recently as Tuesday morning, the battle over Machado included the Brewers and Phillies, who seemed to move to the front of the pack on Monday night, when they indicated they were willing to include right-handed pitching prospect Adonis Medina in a deal, per a report from MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

Though Machado represented the O's in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli was told it would be a "major upset" if he is still with the club when the regular season resumes on Friday, and USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported via Twitter that a Machado deal is expected to come on Wednesday, "barring a last-minute snag." More >

Video: Machado talks trade rumors, craziest one he's heard

Phillies interested in Happ, not currently pursuing Hamels
July 17: While they remain among the front-runners for Manny Machado and are also discussing Zach Britton with the Orioles, the Phillies have "definite interest" in veteran Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ as well, according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia

Though Happ, 35, has struggled of late (6.84 ERA over his past five starts), he was nevertheless selected to the American League All-Star team following a strong start to the season (3.48 ERA through June 13). The southpaw, who is in the final season of a three-year, $36 million contract with Toronto, was selected by Philadelphia in the third round of the 2004 MLB Draft.

The Phillies have also been connected to the Rangers' Cole Hamels, another lefty who began his career with Philadelphia, but Salisbury notes "there has been no evidence to date that the Phils are pursuing Hamels." The 34-year-old has a $20 million team option with a $6 million buyout for 2019.

Choo drawing little trade interest; Hamels, Beltre also lacking suitors
July 17: While the Rangers are expected to be Trade Deadline sellers, they may have trouble finding attractive deals for many of their key trade chips. Even Shin-Soo Choo, who entered the All-Star break on a 51-game on-base streak, is drawing little interest, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

Choo is owed $42 million over 2019-20 as well as the remainder of the $20 million on his deal for this season, and he also offers little defensive value, which may be why teams aren't lining up to deal for the 36-year-old.

Per Grant, the market is also tepid for starter Cole Hamels and third baseman Adrian Beltre.

Hamels has struggled some this season, allowing 21 homers in 109 1/3 innings (1.7 HR/9), and he won't come cheap. The left-hander is owed the remainder of the $23.5 million on his contract for 2018 ($2.5 million of which is being paid by the Phillies), and he has a $20 million team option with a $6 million buyout for '19.

Meanwhile, Beltre has been spending more time as the designated hitter due to injuries, and his OPS is just .739. There's also the question of whether he will consider waiving his full no-trade clause, which comes from him having 10-and-5 rights (10-plus years in the Majors, at least five with current team). The impending free agent reportedly would like to play with the Rangers in 2019 and may approve a trade only if it's the perfect situation.

O's also listening on Gausman, Bundy, Schoop?
July 17: In case you haven't noticed -- yeah, right -- most of the trade focus surrounding the Orioles has been on Manny Machado. But Baltimore has plenty of other assets that could be moved ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Lefty reliever Zach Britton and outfielder Adam Jones -- both free agents at the end of the 2018 season -- are chief among those names, but the club isn't limiting itself as it faces a rebuilding process. In fact, the O's reportedly are listening to offers on right-handed starters Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, along with second baseman Jonathan Schoop, MLB Network insider Joel Sherman notes in a New York Post story.

"I think their goal is to trade their walk-year guys, Machado, Britton, [Brad] Brach and Adam Jones, but they are not hanging up the phone if you ask on Gausman, Bundy or Schoop," a baseball executive told Sherman.

Given the O's desire to address their pitching, it would be surprising to see them deal either Gausman, who is 27 and under club control through 2020, or Bundy, a 25-year-old who won't reach free agency until after the 2021 season. Schoop, on the other hand, is due to hit the open market following the 2019 campaign, although his disappointing season so far (.229/.263/.389) means the club would be selling low on a 26-year-old who was an All-Star a year ago.

Phillies still likely to target shortstop if Machado pursuit falls short
July 17: The Dodgers have reportedly pulled in front of the Phillies and Brewers in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, with USA Today's Bob Nightengale writing that he's expected to be dealt to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman via Twitter, Philadelphia is still likely to target a shortstop -- preferably one who can contribute with the bat -- if its pursuit of the Orioles star falls short.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Assuming phillies don���t land manny now, they���ll still be targeting a SS, preferably one who���s a threat with bat. Eduardo Escobar could make sense. Most SS potentially on market r glove guys: Iglesias, alcides, Rojas, old friend galvis, hechavarria

Heyman mentions the Twins' Eduardo Escobar, who can become a free agent at the end of this season, as a potential option. Escobar, 29, is hitting .271/.327/.507 with a Major League-leading 35 doubles and 14 homers in 2018, though he has slumped since being hit in the right elbow by a Rick Porcello pitch on June 21.

As Heyman notes, the Phils' choices could be limited beyond Escobar, as most of the shortstops potentially available for trade are glove-first players, including Jose Iglesias, Alcides Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Miguel Rojas and familiar face Freddy Galvis, who played with Philadelphia from 2012-17.

The Phillies have been seeking an upgrade for the left side of their infield, as third baseman Maikel Franco and shortstops Scott Kingery and J.P. Crawford, who is on the disabled list with a fractured left hand, have struggled for much of the year, though Franco has picked up his production lately.

Britton's market picking up; Cubs among interested clubs
July 16: While the Cubs ended the first half with the National League's best record (55-38) and the fourth-best bullpen ERA (3.10) in the Majors, they are among the eight teams talking to the Orioles about closer Zach Britton, an industry source told Bruce Levine of Chicago radio station 670 The Score.

The Cubs also have Padres closer Brad Hand on their wish list, per Levine, though Hand will cost far more than Britton, who is set to become a free agent at the end of this season. Hand, meanwhile, is signed through 2020 with a $10 million team option for 2021.

There has been rejuvenated interest of late in Britton, who has made 15 appearances for the Orioles this season after returning from offseason surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles. Though he got off to a rough start, Britton has not given up a run over his past seven outings (seven innings) while showing a dramatic increase in velocity.

The Orioles would prefer to trade Britton and Manny Machado in separate deals, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal for FOX Sports. Rosenthal reports Baltimore feels the return for the pair would be greater if they weren't packaged together -- for example, the Astros have been interested in Britton, but are not in the market for a shortstop/third baseman.

Tweet from @MLBONFOX: "The Orioles would prefer to separate Zach Britton from Manny Machado, believing the overall return would be greater if they were traded individually"- @Ken_Rosenthal pic.twitter.com/fcv9rn1omw

The Phillies have also been linked to Britton, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Red Sox "are being tied" to the southpaw as well.

Video: Heyman talks latest Machado, Britton, Happ rumors

Padres getting calls on Ross, Yates, Hand
July 16: Brad Hand isn't the only Padres pitcher to be highly coveted by contending clubs. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports San Diego has been "getting a lot of hits" on starter Tyson Ross and several relievers, including Hand and Kirby Yates. Sherman notes the Yankees are among the teams that have checked in with the Padres.

Ross, who can become a free agent at the end of this season, has posted a 4.32 ERA in 2018, though he had a much more impressive 3.32 mark through the end of June before allowing 15 runs over his first two starts of July.

Hand, 28, is among the best relievers in baseball, as he has posted a 2.66 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP and an 11.8 K/9 rate since the outset of 2016. In exchange for the two-time All-Star, who is signed through 2020 with a $10 million team option for 2021, the Padres are believed to be asking for a package similar to those the Yankees got for Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller in two separate deals during 2016.

The Cubs also reportedly have Hand on their wish list, according to Bruce Levine of Chicago radio station 670 The Score.

Yates, meanwhile, has quietly recorded a 1.47 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP and an 11.5 K/9 rate this season. The 31-year-old is controllable through 2020.

Rosenthal: 'Almost no doubt' Dodgers will add reliever
July 16: The Dodgers are expected to be a major player in the relief pitching market before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, as MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal noted in a Twitter Q&A session for FOX Sports.

The Dodgers are seeking a bullpen arm who can pitch the eighth inning and also spell closer Kenley Jansen from time to time, according to Rosenthal, who said "there's almost no doubt" the club will trade for a reliever.

Tweet from @MLBONFOX: .@kryptonic05 #AskKen pic.twitter.com/y7foYiKfyU

Los Angeles leaned heavily on Brandon Morrow during the 2017 postseason as a setup man for Jansen, but Morrow signed with the Cubs in the offseason.

Though Josh Fields, Tony Cingrani and Pedro Baez have had solid campaigns, all three are on the disabled list with arm injuries, and none is on the level of someone such as Zach Britton, Raisel Iglesias, Jeurys Familia or Kyle Barraclough.

Will Archer be traded?
July 16: The Rays face an interesting decision with Chris Archer, whose name has been floated among trade rumors for years. On one hand, they have a young core that has them above .500 and looks promising going forward, especially if Archer is a part of it. On the other, Tampa Bay could take advantage of a weak market for starters and put Archer in play.

"Given the state of the starting pitching market, the incentive for [the Rays] to move him might never be higher," MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal suggested in a Twitter question-and-answer session on @MLBONFOX.

Tweet from @MLBONFOX: .@jboy819 #AskKen pic.twitter.com/Gm4QrCgP7Y

That said, Archer just came off the DL a week ago for a left abdominal strain that cost him more than a month of action and his performance so far this season has been somewhat inconsistent (4.29 ERA, 1.38 WHIP). In other words, making Archer available now might be undercutting his full value.

As a 29-year-old making $6.25 million this year and under contract for $7.5 million next year with club options for 2020 ($9M) and 2021 ($11M), Archer would be appealing to just about any club looking for rotation help -- not just 2018 contenders. His team-friendly contract also allows the cost-conscious Rays to be patient with their prized right-hander.

Amid trade rumors, deGrom addresses his future
July 16: As Jacob deGrom continues to be at the center of trade speculation, the All-Star right-hander made it clear he's open to staying with the Mets long term.

deGrom's agent Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA Sports initially suggested Monday that the Mets might consider trading their ace sooner than later if they don't plan to offer him a contract extension, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: More from Van Wagenen: ���If the Mets don���t share same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now.The inertia of current situation could complicate Jacob���s relationship with the club and creates an atmosphere of indecision.���

The 30-year-old deGrom, who leads MLB with a 1.68 ERA and is under club control through 2020, responded to questions at All-Star media day in Washington, D.C., by stating: "We've said multiple times that we're open to talking [about an] extension. It's kind of up to [the Mets] what they want to do." More >

Video: deGrom on his future with the Mets, trade rumors

Astros might stand pat at Trade Deadline
July 16: The Astros have reportedly discussed dealing for a catcher and a reliever, but there's a chance they won't make any major moves before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal in a Twitter Q&A session for FOX Sports.

Tweet from @MLBONFOX: .@nnickk22 #AskKen pic.twitter.com/4gWhpCLIMM

With backstop Brian McCann (right knee surgery) expected to return by September and Max Stassi providing solid production (.792 OPS), Rosenthal notes the Astros are more likely to get a reliever than a catcher.

Per Rosenthal, Houston is seeking someone who can be a "true difference-maker" in the bullpen, such as Zach Britton, Brad Hand or Raisel Iglesias.

But with the ability to shift either Lance McCullers Jr. or Charlie Morton to the 'pen during the postseason, as they did last year when they won the World Series, the Astros may not feel a sense of urgency to add a big-name reliever.

Braves not expected to pursue big-name rentals
July 16: The Braves have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2018 season, unexpectedly putting the team in the "buyer" category as executive vice president and general manager Alex Anthopoulos prepares for his first Trade Deadline at the helm. But judging by Anthopoulos' comments in a two-part Q&A with Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves aren't planning to mortgage their bright future for a short-term boost.

"We would prefer not to go after rentals unless the acquisition cost just makes so much sense for us," Anthopoulos said. "There's a lot of pain that has gone into putting together this young talent. We're not ready to throw that all away just because of one season."

MLB Pipeline: Braves Top 30 prospects

Earlier this month, the Braves were mentioned among the contenders for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, but they appear to have fallen out of the race as the Dodgers, Phillies and Brewers are reportedly leading. Atlanta has also been connected to Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Both players can become free agents after this season.

One area Anthopoulos could look to address is the bullpen, especially with closer Arodys Vizcaino going back on the DL on Saturday with right shoulder inflammation. The Braves entered the All-Star break with the 19th-best bullpen ERA in the Majors (4.24), and many of their key relievers are inexperienced. However, Atlanta could have limited options if free-agents-to-be such as the Orioles' Zach Britton and the Mets' Jeurys Familia are off the table. More >

Angels unlikely to deal Skaggs or Heaney
July 16: With a 49-48 record at the end of the first half, the Angels remain on the fringe of postseason contention, but they are nine games out of an AL Wild Card spot. That has sparked speculation that the club might consider selling by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, with southpaw starters Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney mentioned as potential pieces.

That no longer appears to be the case, however, as MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reports via Twitter.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: #Angels have no interest in trading Heaney or Skaggs, per source - team needs them to compete in ���19. As I said Saturday, LAA drawing interest in controllable relievers - Parker, Alvarez, Bedrosian, Anderson. Open on any of them, but will want good returns to give up control.

With superstar Mike Trout smack in the middle of his prime and under contract through 2020, the Angels want to win in this window while they can. Both Skaggs (through '20) and Heaney (through '21) are under club control beyond this season, meaning they can be a part of that direction.

It had previously been reported by MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi that the Yankees have recently been scouting Angels games with eyes on Skaggs and Heaney, in particular.

Nationals could 'revisit' Realmuto trade discussions
July 15: The Nationals were believed to have moved on from Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto due to Miami's lofty asking price, but league sources say that Washington could "revisit" its pursuit of the backstop, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for Fancred Sports.

Some think the Nats might consider including top prospect Victor Robles (No. 5 overall, per MLB Pipeline) in a package for Realmuto, who will start at catcher for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

Per Heyman, the Marlins have long sought Robles and/or infielder Carter Kieboom (Washington's No. 2 prospect, No. 62 overall) from the Nationals, who discussed Realmuto with Miami in the offseason and reached out again several weeks ago but have been unwilling to include the aforementioned prospects to this point.

The Nationals have also been connected to Rays catcher Wilson Ramos, who played in Washington from 2010-16, but Ramos suffered a left hamstring injury Saturday and will miss the All-Star Game.

Listen: Mark Feinsand joins the Morning Lineup Podcast to discuss latest rumors

Are Pirates still on track to sell at Trade Deadline?
July 16: The Pirates were seemingly en route to be Trade Deadline sellers just over a week ago, but the club has ripped off an 8-1 stretch -- including a five-game sweep over the Brewers -- to potentially change its plans.

As Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notes, general manager Neal Huntington said before this past week that a 4-4 record in the next eight games wouldn't be enough to convince him to keep the team together beyond the Trade Deadline. But Pittsburgh's red-hot run has put pressure on Huntington to hold off on a major teardown.

True, the Bucs are still only 48-49, putting them in fourth place in the National League Central, and their financial resources remain limited, so it's unlikely they'll significantly add to the roster between now and July 31.

But if Pittsburgh continues to play well coming out of the All-Star break, the onus will be on Huntington to keep veterans such as Jordy Mercer, Corey Dickerson, Ivan Nova, David Freese and Josh Harrison past July 31. The Pirates are also without one of their most valuable trade chips, as catcher Francisco Cervelli returned to the 7-day disabled list Saturday with recurring concussion symptoms.

Cardinals could sell if struggles continue after All-Star break
July 15: The Cardinals picked up a win in their final game before the All-Star break after dismissing manager Mike Matheny on Saturday, but if their recent struggles continue to begin the second half, the expectation is that St. Louis will "seriously consider selling," according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

And if that happens, the Cardinals could shake up the starting pitcher market in a big way by making right-hander Carlos Martinez available.

As Sherman notes, St. Louis' strength is young arms, so the club could use Martinez to address other problems on the roster. Per Sherman, outside executives believe the Cardinals can get peak value for Martinez in a market lacking an ace. The 26-year-old is in the second year of a five-year, $51 million contract with team options for 2022 ($17 million) and 2023 ($18 million).

The Cardinals will enter the All-Star break with a 48-46 record, 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Cubs in the National League Central (five games behind the second-placed Brewers) and four games out in the NL Wild Card race. They'll open the second half with eight games on the road, including five at Wrigley Field.

Red Sox, Braves interested in Moose
July 15: The trade market for impending free agent Mike Moustakas is developing, with the Red Sox and Braves among the teams interested in acquiring him before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick via Twitter.

Tweet from @jcrasnick: The #RedSox and #Braves are both interested in Mike Moustakas as a trade deadline acquisition, sources say. The #Yankees have already been mentioned as a potential landing spot. There's enough of a market for Moose that it's more likely than not the Royals deal him this month.

However, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand notes in a tweet that the Royals may need to wait to trade Moustakas until after Orioles shortstop Manny Machado is dealt.

Tweet from @Feinsand: According to a source, the Royals are trying to find a match for a Mike Moustakas deal, but it appears KC will have to wait until Manny Machado gets dealt first. Manny could be the domino that starts a number of things in motion.

Kansas City could see the list of Moustakas suitors grow once Machado is moved, as some of the clubs that are pursuing the All-Star shortstop may turn their attention to the Royals third baseman if they miss out on Machado.

It's unclear what Boston's interest in Moustakas means for Rafael Devers, who is on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. Devers, 21, has recorded an underwhelming .715 OPS this season compared to Moustakas' .772 mark.

The Braves have received better-than-expected production from Johan Camargo at the hot corner, though the 24-year-old has posted a .385 OPS with 10 strikeouts in his past nine games.

The Yankees have also been linked to Moustakas, though they were reportedly interested in him to play first base rather than third. Greg Bird has solidified first base for New York lately by producing five homers, 15 RBIs and a .922 OPS over his past 14 games.

Video: Slugger Moustakas delivering at the plate, in field

Could Reds move Gennett?
July 15: Scooter Gennett has made it known that he wants to remain with the Reds -- and based on his conversations with the front office, shared in an MLB.com exclusive, he expects to remain with the club past the Deadline -- but the two sides haven't spoken much about a contract extension, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal for FOX Sports.

Gennett -- a first-time All-Star this season -- has emerged as a surprising force in Cincinnati's lineup after being claimed off waivers from the Brewers in March 2017, batting .309/.356/.529 with 43 homers and 159 RBIs in 232 games in a Reds uniform.

Gennett is in the midst of a career year, and the Reds could look to sell high on the 28-year-old, who is under team control for one more season. Entering Sunday, the left-handed slugger led the National League at his position in batting average and OPS while ranking second in RBIs and fourth in runs and homers.

Cincinnati has infielder Nick Senzel -- the No. 4 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline -- waiting in the wings, giving the team some incentive to move Gennett, especially if it meant upgrading a pitching staff that currently ranks 13th in the NL with a 4.67 ERA. However, Senzel would be unable to provide immediate help, considering he underwent season-ending surgery in late June to repair a torn tendon in his right index finger.

Video: Scooter Gennett continues to amaze in 2018

Olney: NL teams at 'forefront' of Familia trade talks
July 15: With all the talk surrounding Mets starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, closer Jeurys Familia has flown under the radar. But Familia remains one of the best relievers available, and ESPN's Buster Olney reports via Twitter that a number of National League teams "appear to be at the forefront" of trade discussions for the impending free agent.

Olney mentions the Phillies and Giants as two of the clubs that are interested, though he notes Philadelphia may wait until its talks with the Orioles regarding Manny Machado and Zach Britton are resolved before honing in on Familia. The Braves, Cubs and Dodgers are also among the NL contenders that could use help in the bullpen. As for clubs in the AL, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Red Soxhave inquired about Familia

Tweet from @Buster_ESPN: NL teams appear to be at the forefront of the talks about the Mets' Jeurys Familia, who is among the best available relievers. Phillies interested (although they may wait until Britton/Machado talks resolved), Giants, etc.

Familia is peaking at the right time, tossing seven straight scoreless appearances with one hit allowed to open July after posting a 6.94 ERA with a 2.31 WHIP from May 23 through the end of June.

Twins open to trading Odorizzi, Gibson
July 15: The Twins' rotation could look strikingly different after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, as the club is reportedly willing to trade a number of its veteran starters.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Minnesota is said to be open to dealing Kyle Gibson and Jake Odorizzi, who are both controllable through 2019.

Gibson, 30, is having a career year, as his 3.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.9 K/9 rate would all be personal bests. Odorizzi, 28, owns an unimpressive 4.54 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP, but he's striking out more than a batter per inning (9.4 K/9) and has been a solid mid-rotation option over the past five seasons (3.91 ERA, 1.25 WHIP).

Lance Lynn is another obvious trade candidate, as he can become a free agent at the end of this season. After struggling in his first eight starts (7.47 ERA), Lynn has posted a 3.67 ERA over his past 10 outings.

And though Ervin Santana has yet to pitch in the Majors in 2018 after undergoing finger surgery in February, he's currently on a rehab assignment and was an All-Star last year. With a $14 million team option and a $1 million buyout for '19, Santana could be a reasonable trade target for a rotation-needy club if he proves to be healthy before July 31.

Will Mariners trade for rotation help?
July 15: Though the Mariners haven't made the postseason since 2001, rank 15th in the Majors in rotation ERA (4.09) and currently have both James Paxton and Felix Hernandez on the disabled list, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times writes that the Mariners' rotation isn't "a lock to be upgraded at the Trade Deadline."

Per Divish, Erasmo Ramirez's impending return from a strained teres major muscle in his right shoulder makes it unlikely Seattle will trade for a "replacement-level starting pitcher," as Ramirez can fill that role.

General manager Jerry Dipoto may look to swing a deal if it considerably improves the rotation, but as Divish points out, Seattle might not have the prospects to acquire a front-of-the-rotation starter such as the Rays' Chris Archer.

The Mariners have been linked to the Rangers' Cole Hamels, but according to Divish, sources say Seattle's interest in the left-hander was "greatly overplayed."

Divish also notes that some people in the Mariners ownership group and upper-level management aren't in favor of trading for rental players, which could potentially rule out free-agent-to-be J.A. Happ, another pitcher who has been connected to Seattle.

D-backs seeking starting pitcher
July 15: The D-backs are in the market for a starting pitcher, according to reporter Robert Murray, recently of FanRag sports. Arizona's starting rotation, which entered Sunday ranked ninth in the National League with a 4.09 ERA, currently consists of Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, Patrick Corbin and Zack Godley. The No. 5 slot is open for now, with Clay Buchholz (strained left oblique) and Shelby Miller (right elbow inflammation) on the disabled list.

Greinke and Corbin have provided the D-backs with an excellent one-two punch -- entering Sunday with a combined 3.14 ERA in 39 starts -- but both Godley (4.61 ERA) and Ray (5.03 ERA) have struggled in 2018 after strong '17 campaigns.

There are several viable starters likely to be available leading up to the Deadline, including the Rangers' Cole Hamels and the Blue Jays' J.A. Happ, or Arizona could choose to make a bigger splash by acquiring an ace like the Mets' Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard.

Machado to Dodgers trade reportedly 'happening'

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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." MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli said sources have told her the same information.

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." MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli said sources have told her the same information.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: Can report with more certainty: Machado to #Dodgers happening. Among remaining questions, in addition to specifics of return beyond OF Yusniel Diaz: How much money, if any, #Orioles will send #Dodgers to secure a better package and help ease LAD���s luxury-tax concerns.

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. 

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Machado deal to dodgers is agreed upon, tho could be still some medical/approval to go. Press conference slated for Wednesday or Thursday. Many prospects going to orioles (believed to be 5). No $ in deal (LA will remain under threshold anyway)

Tweet from @Orioles: You���ve done us proud, Manny. #AllStarGame #Birdland pic.twitter.com/polz2WOnvQ

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 Nick Markakis 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 Corey Seager 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.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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Dodgers looming, Machado keeps level head

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WASHINGTON -- Orioles shortstop Manny Machado played five innings in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, going hitless in two at-bats and leaving shortly before 11 p.m. in what is expected to be his swan song in black and orange.

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WASHINGTON -- Orioles shortstop Manny Machado played five innings in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, going hitless in two at-bats and leaving shortly before 11 p.m. in what is expected to be his swan song in black and orange.

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Baltimore is closing in on a deal that would send the 26-year-old superstar to the Dodgers, multiple sources confirmed to MLB.com late Tuesday night. The deal is not done, though it's close enough that -- barring a medical issue -- it would be a major upset if Machado isn't traded before Friday.

What the O's would get back is one of the items still being worked out.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal -- who interviewed Machado in the American League dugout during the All-Star Game -- first reported that the deal is "happening," though Machado said he hadn't heard anything.

"It was a tremendous honor to wear this uniform," Machado said of the possible finality of him in an Orioles jersey. "They gave me the opportunity to come up and play in the big leagues. ... If this is the last time, hopefully I treated them well and did everything I can for the organization."

Video: Machado discusses trade rumors, his fresh haircut

Machado did not talk to the media upon leaving Nationals Park, but he stopped to speak to former Orioles teammate Nick Markakis and hugged family and friends 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 Corey Seager 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.

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Machado declined Tuesday afternoon to talk about what it might be like to join a team such as the Dodgers, and also didn't want to speculate about whether he'd still be with the Orioles when they travel to Toronto to open the second half later this week.

"I don't expect anything, to be honest," Machado said. "I'm not trying to worry about it. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, I'll be there [in Toronto]."

Video: Machado talks about his potential landing spot

The Orioles, seeking young, controllable pitchers this winter when dangling Machado, have now aggressively pursued the best package possible. Of particular interest to the O's, who love power hitters, would be 21-year-old Yusniel Diaz, who is currently with the Dodgers' Double-A club. Diaz hit two home runs in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and is ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Dodgers' organization, according to MLB Pipeline.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: Barring last-minute change, #Orioles��� return for Machado will include only prospects, no #Dodgers major leaguers, sources tell The Athletic.

According to NBC Los Angeles, the deal also includes right-hander Dustin May (Dodgers' No. 10 prospect, per MLB Pipeline) and middle infielder Errol Robinson (No. 18), with the Orioles sending the Dodgers cash and potentially international bonus pool money. The clubs have not confirmed.

Tweet from @michaeljduarte: Sources believe the deal agreed upon between #Dodgers and #Orioles is Yusniel Diaz, Dustin May, and Errol Robinson heading to Baltimore for Manny Machado and cash and possibly bonus pool $. Again, not official as teams have yet to announce. Still fluid.

New York Post's Joel Sherman weighed in as well, reporting that the deal could include as many as five prospects going to Baltimore.

Tweet from @Joelsherman1: Hear not finalized but expectation is tmrw, Thurs latest #Dodgers will get Machado with as many as 5 prospects going to #Orioles. Balt in current version does not eat any {{field}}lt;/a>

Considered the best available player in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Machado has been linked to more than a half-dozen teams, though suitors started to bow out as talks progressed. The Orioles took Machado out of Sunday's game in the fifth inning due to muddy field conditions, tipping their hand as to just how close they are to dealing the superstar.

Machado is expected to be the first of several potential midseason trades for the Orioles, who have gotten interest about pending free agents, including closer Zach Britton, reliever Brad Brach and center fielder Adam Jones.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Machado-to-Dodgers expected to be finalized

LA's No. 4 prospect Diaz surfacing as potential clincher for blockbuster trade
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LOS ANGELES -- Although there's radio silence from the Dodgers, multiple reports Tuesday indicated that Los Angeles is close to an acquisition of Orioles superstar shortstop Manny Machado. Whom the Orioles would receive in return is not clear at this point, although one possible name that surfaced on Tuesday was Yusniel Diaz, the 21-year-old Cuban outfielder at Double-A Tulsa, who slugged two home runs in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Diaz is ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Dodgers' organization and No. 84 overall by MLB Pipeline.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported "with more certainty" on Tuesday night that Machado will be dealt to the Dodgers.

LOS ANGELES -- Although there's radio silence from the Dodgers, multiple reports Tuesday indicated that Los Angeles is close to an acquisition of Orioles superstar shortstop Manny Machado. Whom the Orioles would receive in return is not clear at this point, although one possible name that surfaced on Tuesday was Yusniel Diaz, the 21-year-old Cuban outfielder at Double-A Tulsa, who slugged two home runs in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Diaz is ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Dodgers' organization and No. 84 overall by MLB Pipeline.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported "with more certainty" on Tuesday night that Machado will be dealt to the Dodgers.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: Can report with more certainty: Machado to #Dodgers happening. Among remaining questions, in addition to specifics of return beyond OF Yusniel Diaz: How much money, if any, #Orioles will send #Dodgers to secure a better package and help ease LAD���s luxury-tax concerns.

Regardless of the destination, a trade announcement is not expected on Tuesday, when the spotlight is reserved for the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

At various times in recent days, the Dodgers, Phillies, Brewers, D-backs and Yankees have been reported to be in pursuit of Machado. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported that the Dodgers became the frontrunners when they included Diaz in the talks. On Tuesday night, MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported the Phillies had leapt to the front upon including pitching prospect Adonis Medina (No. 73 overall) in talks with the Orioles.

Video: Jansen on what Machado could bring to Dodgers

Machado, 26, is the most impactful player known to be available leading into the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. He is a four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner with three top-10 finishes for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

Machado, who represented the Orioles in Tuesday night's All-Star Game, is batting .315 with a .963 OPS, 24 homers and 65 RBIs. He's had three seasons with at least 33 home runs, but none with at least 100 RBIs.

The Dodgers consider him the ideal rent-a-replacement for shortstop Corey Seager, who is out for the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but he is expected back early next season. Machado is eligible for free agency after this year. Chris Taylor has replaced Seager at shortstop, but Taylor has not been able to repeat last year's offensive breakthrough. Taylor can also play second base, the outfield or serve as a super-utility player.

Video: Machado talks trade rumors, craziest one he's heard

Machado is owed about $7 million for the remainder of the season, and the deal could require the Dodgers to move a contract, with Logan Forsythe, Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood possible candidates.

Acquiring Machado to play shortstop every day would allow the Dodgers to upgrade second base offensively from Forsythe to Taylor, with Max Muncy at first base, Cody Bellinger in center field and Enrique Hernandez spot starting all over the place.

Even with the acquisition of Machado, the Dodgers might have enough financial flexibility to acquire a reliever without surpassing the luxury tax threshold. With a rash of injuries to relievers, the most pressing need at this time is bullpen support.

The possibility of a Machado-like midseason splurge was the impetus for the Dodgers stay mostly quiet through the offseason, balancing a desire to reduce the payroll below the tax threshold and delay spending the remaining $10 million until it could be directed with more certainty.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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With or without Machado, Phils looking to add

Source: Philadelphia has eye on Moustakas, Britton, Twins' Escobar
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Manny Machado sweepstakes have not officially concluded, but multiple reports have him headed to the Dodgers.

The Phillies pursued Machado for the past several weeks, and they still believed early Tuesday they remained in the hunt. But soon after USA Today reported the Orioles and Dodgers would announce a trade Wednesday, similar reports surfaced. Multiple sources confirmed Machado to Los Angeles to MLB.com.

PHILADELPHIA -- The Manny Machado sweepstakes have not officially concluded, but multiple reports have him headed to the Dodgers.

The Phillies pursued Machado for the past several weeks, and they still believed early Tuesday they remained in the hunt. But soon after USA Today reported the Orioles and Dodgers would announce a trade Wednesday, similar reports surfaced. Multiple sources confirmed Machado to Los Angeles to MLB.com.

The news leaves the Phillies searching for different ways to improve their offense before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Despite the fact the Phillies tout the highest walk rate (10.1 percent) and most pitches per plate appearance (4.03) of any team in baseball, they are 11th in the National League in average runs per game (4.33).

A source said the Phillies will turn their attention to players like Mike Moustakas, Eduardo Escobar and others for help on the left side of the infield. Phillies shortstops have a .634 OPS, which ranks 27th in baseball. According to FanGraphs, Phillies shortstops Scott Kingery and J.P. Crawford have a combined zero wins above replacement this season. Of course, Moustakas is a third baseman, but he has been more productive this season (1.9 WAR) than Maikel Franco (0.3 WAR).

Video: Slugger Moustakas delivering at the plate, in field

Those numbers at shortstop are why the Phillies took a run at Machado. He has a .963 OPS, which ranks eighth in baseball. He has a 3.8 WAR. If that pace continues in the second half, he could have meant an extra two to three wins for the Phillies.

And that could have meant the organization's first National League East title since 2011.

The Phillies still open the second half Friday in first place in the NL East. They just need some help to reach the end. Besides offense, the Phillies will look to upgrade their pitching. Orioles closer Zach Britton is a possibility. Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ continues to make sense. Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels would fire up the Phillies' fan base, but the Phillies' front office might be lukewarm about a reunion. He is 5-8 with a 4.36 ERA and a 5.05 FIP in 19 starts.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported early Tuesday that the Dodgers emerged as favorites after they included outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz, who is the No. 84 prospect in baseball, in the deal. A source told MLB.com's Jon Morosi late Monday night that the Phillies had moved into frontrunner status because they included pitching prospect Adonis Medina, who is the No. 73 prospect in baseball.

But in conversations over the past couple days, it remained unlikely the Phillies would part with top prospect Sixto Sanchez, who is the No. 23 prospect in baseball. They never considered trading big league pitching like Zach Eflin or Nick Pivetta because the Phillies' starting rotation is the biggest reason for the organization's surprising success.

By most accounts, the Phillies were aggressive enough to be runners-up for Machado, but in the end the Dodgers were more aggressive. They wanted him more because they felt they needed him more. They are trying to win a World Series this season. The Phillies see themselves at the beginning of a run and are not willing to mortgage the future for two-plus months of Machado.

The Phillies will take a run again at Machado in the offseason. It is not a stretch to see them trying to sign Bryce Harper, too.

But that is months away. The Phillies are trying to win the NL East now. They have two weeks to upgrade the 25-man roster to help make it happen.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Mariners sign veteran Rupp to Minors deal

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SEATTLE -- The Mariners moved to bolster their catching depth this week, signing former Phillies backstop Cameron Rupp to a Minor League deal and assigning him to Triple-A Tacoma.

Tacoma catcher Mike Marjama retired from baseball earlier this month and Mariners starter Mike Zunino is on the 10-day disabled list, so David Freitas and Chris Herrmann -- who each opened their season in Tacoma -- have been working as the two catchers on the Major League roster.

SEATTLE -- The Mariners moved to bolster their catching depth this week, signing former Phillies backstop Cameron Rupp to a Minor League deal and assigning him to Triple-A Tacoma.

Tacoma catcher Mike Marjama retired from baseball earlier this month and Mariners starter Mike Zunino is on the 10-day disabled list, so David Freitas and Chris Herrmann -- who each opened their season in Tacoma -- have been working as the two catchers on the Major League roster.

Rupp played in 296 games for the Phillies from 2013-17, posting a .234/.298/.407 line with 39 homers and 124 RBIs. He batted .252 with 16 home runs in 105 games in '16 and .217 with 14 homers in 88 games last season, but he has spent all of this year in Triple-A.

Rupp was released by the Phillies at the end of Spring Training this season, then spent two months in the Rangers' organization and the past month with the Twins before being released last Wednesday. The 29-year-old has combined for a .226/.316/.446 line with six home runs and 11 RBIs in 177 at-bats over 52 games in Triple-A this year.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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There's a new favorite to acquire Machado

Trade talks for O's star continue to ramp up during All-Star break
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When it comes to the fluid trade market for Manny Machado, momentum has been shifting daily -- even hourly. Keep it here to stay up to date.

• The latest news? It's big. Machado reportedly is expected to be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal also tweeted Tuesday that sources have told The Athletic that the Dodgers are increasingly likely to land Machado and that "several of interested teams expect that outcome."

When it comes to the fluid trade market for Manny Machado, momentum has been shifting daily -- even hourly. Keep it here to stay up to date.

• The latest news? It's big. Machado reportedly is expected to be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal also tweeted Tuesday that sources have told The Athletic that the Dodgers are increasingly likely to land Machado and that "several of interested teams expect that outcome."

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: #Dodgers increasingly likely to land Machado, sources tell The Athletic. Barring last-minute snag, several of interested teams expect that outcome.

Rosenthal later tweeted that a package for Machado would likely only include prospects, no Major Leaguers.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: Barring last-minute change, #Orioles��� return for Machado will include only prospects, no #Dodgers major leaguers, sources tell The Athletic.

The Baltimore Orioles' star shortstop will be moved the day after the Midsummer Classic barring a "last-minute snag," Nightengale writes, citing a baseball official with direct knowledge of the deal.

Adding Machado to play shortstop -- a position Chris Taylor has covered for Corey Seager, who is out for the season after Tommy John surgery -- would have a domino effect across the diamond for the Dodgers, as MLB.com's Ken Gurnick lays out.

• A report earlier Tuesday morning had the Dodgers as the "leading contender" for Machado, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in a story for Fancred Sports.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Breaking; The Dodgers appear to be the leading contender for superstar Manny Machado as talks head toward the finish line. The situation is fluid and brewers and phillies may still have an outside chance. Barring turnabout, deal should be done this week. Story comin on @Fancred

Tweet from @JonHeyman: The Machado situation is still fluid, and d-backs are also said to have outside chance, along with brewers and phillies. But LA leads.

• Heyman previously reported that Machado will represent the Orioles during Tuesday's All-Star Game. However, that could very well be his final game in an Orioles uniform. In fact, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports that "it would be a major upset" if Machado starts the second half with the O's. While the club may not want news to break around the Midsummer Classic, that doesn't mean it won't.

• Discussions reportedly have advanced to the point where Baltimore has the structure of a deal in place and is reviewing medicals of the players involved, as ESPN's Buster Olney reports.

Tweet from @Buster_ESPN: Sources: The Orioles have structure of a deal in place, and are going through the medicals/paperwork portion of the transaction. Dodgers have been very invested in their pursuit of Machado, as have the Phillies and other teams, but this in not finished yet.

• Might one of those players be Dodgers outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz? "Baltimore is prioritizing pitching but has also shown interest in Diaz," a source tells MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

Heyman reports Diaz is, indeed, included in the Dodgers' proposal to the O's.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Sources: top OF prospect yusniel diaz is indeed in the Dodgers��� Machado offer currently on table

The 21-year-old Diaz, who is ranked No. 4 in the Dodgers' system and No. 84 overall per MLB Pipeline, is hitting .314/.428/.477 at Double-A this season. He showcased his skill set in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game by crushing two homers, becoming just the second player to do so in the event's 20-year history.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

• A Machado blockbuster is expected to be done by the end of this week, according to multiple reports, but time seems to be running out for the other primary suitors to make a push, including the Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies, who appeared to be the favorites Monday night, MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported.

The Phillies seemingly gained ground once they indicated a willingness to include young right-hander Adonis Medina, who is their No. 2 prospect and No. 73 overall per MLB Pipeline. The Orioles are known to be seeking pitching as part of a return for Machado.

Video: Top Prospects: Adonis Medina, RHP, Phillies

The Dodgers may be leading the race for Machado at the moment, but the Phillies remain "aggressively motivated" in trade discussions, a source tells Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and "confidence remains high" within the Philadelphia organization that the team can land him.

Tweet from @ScottLauber: Nothing done yet, of course, but hearing #Phillies remain ���aggressively motivated��� in Machado talks, according to a source. Internally, confidence remains high that they can land him.

"Right now they want Machado," MLB.com's Todd Zolecki writes of the Phillies' pursuit. "It remains to be seen if they will take that final big step to get him, but they had no reason to believe Tuesday they were out of it yet."

• Heyman reported Monday that a Machado deal was "very close" and that the Yankees, who reportedly had made a "strong offer" last week, were out of the picture.

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Phils most likely to land Machado; deal soon?

Any trade involving O's shortstop not expected to occur until after All-Star Game
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Philadelphia is the most likely destination for Manny Machado, now that the Phillies have indicated a willingness to include pitching prospect Adonis Medina in their latest offer, one source told MLB.com.

Machado could join the Phillies later this week, unless the Brewers or Dodgers respond with a compelling counteroffer. The Orioles have made it clear to other teams that they want to wait until Machado represents the franchise in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard before finalizing a trade agreement.

Philadelphia is the most likely destination for Manny Machado, now that the Phillies have indicated a willingness to include pitching prospect Adonis Medina in their latest offer, one source told MLB.com.

Machado could join the Phillies later this week, unless the Brewers or Dodgers respond with a compelling counteroffer. The Orioles have made it clear to other teams that they want to wait until Machado represents the franchise in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard before finalizing a trade agreement.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman first reported Monday for Fancred Sports that a trade of Machado was "very close."

Medina is Philadelphia's No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and No. 73 on the Top 100 list. Thus far, Philadelphia has resisted Baltimore's request to part with No. 1 prospect Sixto Sanchez.

Video: Manny Machado and his nephew, J.J., join MLB Tonight

But the Orioles also are known to covet Medina, and his expected involvement creates an advantage for the Phillies in light of other suitors' caution with top pitching prospects. Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes and Dodgers right-hander Dustin May -- two other pitchers of interest to Baltimore -- have not been included in formal offers for Machado thus far, sources say.

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The Phillies have a competitive advantage in the Machado talks, because their organizational strength -- young starting pitching -- is Baltimore's greatest need.

In many other Minor League systems, a pitcher of Medina's caliber likely would be off limits for a rental player -- even one as accomplished as Machado. But seven of the Phillies' starters this season are in their age-26 season or younger: Aaron Nola, Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Zach Eflin, Ben Lively, Enyel De Los Santos and Drew Anderson. The presence of that group, along with Sanchez, has made the Phillies comfortable with the notion of parting with Medina.

The right-handed Medina is an especially good fit for the Orioles, in light of the right-handed hitters with whom Baltimore must contend in the American League East: Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts in Boston; Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez in New York.

The Yankees have spoken with the Orioles about Machado, but one source confirmed to MLB.com that they are not the team to which Machado is close to being dealt.

Machado's nephew predicts uncle's landing spot

Per FanGraphs, the Phillies' primary shortstops (J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery) have combined for zero wins above replacement (WAR) this year, while Machado has been good for 3.8 WAR on his own. Machado could easily represent a two-to-three win upgrade for the rest of the season. That could be decisive in a National League East race which the Phillies lead by a half-game over the Braves.

Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network. Manny Randhawa contributed to this report.

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Machado trade talks reportedly gaining steam

Dodgers, Phillies, Brewers leading race for O's shortstop
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Will Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard be the last time Manny Machado appears in an Orioles uniform? It's certainly possible, as former MLB general manager Jim Bowden reported via Twitter on Monday that the shortstop is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later this week.

Will Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard be the last time Manny Machado appears in an Orioles uniform? It's certainly possible, as former MLB general manager Jim Bowden reported via Twitter on Monday that the shortstop is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later this week.

Tweet from @JimBowdenGM: Manny Machado will represent the #Orioles in the All Star Game���.but he is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later in the week according to sources involved in the trade discussions.

A deal reportedly is "very close," but nothing has been agreed upon yet, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, who notes the Phillies, Dodgers and Brewers all remain involved.

Tweet from @masnRoch: Multiple sources say #orioles don���t have deal done with #phillies for Machado. #dodgers and #brewers also still involved. Told ���very close��� but nothing has been agreed upon yet

Although the situation remains fluid as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, trade talks for the Orioles shortstop are believed to be in the home stretch. According to a tweet from Buster Olney, the O's have narrowed their focus, with a source saying Baltimore is at the "10-yard line" in trade discussions.

Tweet from @Buster_ESPN: Source indicated last Sunday his sense was that the Orioles were at the 35-yard-line and driving in the Machado trade conversations. Same source this Sunday: "10-yard-line." PHI, Brewers, Dodgers waiting for the goal line call. As mentioned yesterday, Orioles have narrowed focus.

Listen: Morning Lineup Podcast discusses the latest on the Machado trade talks

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman tweeted Sunday that the Yankees and Indians were "in but perhaps behind," and that the Brewers had made a "good offer" and appeared to be in the "top tier" with the Phillies and Dodgers.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: 5 teams still in for Machado. brewers have made ���good offer��� and appear to be in top tier with phillies and dodgers. yankees and indians also in but perhaps behind. situation fluid though.

Per previous reports, the Yanks were believed to have submitted one of the strongest offers for Machado, who can become a free agent at the end of this season. But with Miguel Andujar at third base and Didi Gregorius at shortstop, New York has less of a need for Machado than some of the other teams involved in discussions and may be more focused on adding a starting pitcher.

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The Yankees are, however, the preferred destination of at least one of Machado's family members. During an interview with MLB Network on Monday, Machado's nephew informed the crew that he'd like to see his uncle in pinstripes if he can't remain with Baltimore. 

Video: O'Dowd, Nelson discuss the Manny Machado sweepstakes

The Phillies had previously viewed the Orioles' asking price as too high, but MLB.com's Todd Zolecki wrote Saturday that they were ramping up their push for Machado after seizing first place in the National League East within the past week.

While the Phillies remain steadfast in their refusal to deal top prospect Sixto Sanchez (MLB's No. 23 overall prospect, per MLB Pipeline), MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal tweeted Friday that they are open to trading from their starting pitching depth at all levels of the Minors.

According to a tweet from Olney on Saturday, the prospects being evaluated by the O's include pitchers Adonis Medina (Philadelphia's No. 2 prospect, No. 74 overall) and Franklyn Kilome (the Phillies' No. 7 prospect), outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz (the Phils' No. 5 prospect) and middle infielder Arquimedes Gamboa (Philadelphia's No. 8 prospect).

A source told Morosi that the Phillies are more willing to include Medina than the Dodgers are to give up pitcher Dustin May (Los Angeles' No. 10 prospect), which could make the difference as the Orioles weigh their offers.

Video: Lorenzo Cain on Manny Machado trade rumors

Meanwhile, Milwaukee arguably has as much of a need for Machado as any club, with Eric Thames and Ryan Braun on the disabled list, Orlando Arcia in the Minors and Brewers second basemen carrying a collective .663 OPS into Sunday's slate. The Brewers have lost six straight games, allowing the Cubs to pull ahead in the NL Central.

Thomas Harrigan is an editor for MLB.com.

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