Orioles pull Manny Machado mid-game, sparking rampant speculation

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On a rainy Sunday when the offense mysteriously reappeared and Manny Machado mysteriously disappeared, the Baltimore Orioles closed out the non-mathematical first half of the season with a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards.

Heyman notes that the Arizona Diamondbacks are still "active" in the running for Machado, and the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies are also still in the hunt.

One advantage to the Baltimore Orioles trading with the Dodgers is that L.A.'s farm system runs very deep, especially with outfield and pitching prospects-a major need for the Orioles.

The Phillies may not acquire Manny Machado, after all. As rumors swirled about his imminent departure from the Orioles, Machado addressed the media Monday, acknowledging it would feel different to play for another team.

Anyway, like I said, speculation.

Machado, 26, is due to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and will likely garner a deal worth around $26 million annually according to Spotrac. Let's be honest: He has to be thrilled to get out of Baltimore, as the Orioles organization is an absolute dumpster fire right now - from top to bottom - and the fire sale on veteran talent is officially underway. His contract expires after this season, and the Orioles aren't in a position to match the offers the four-time All-Star is expected to receive on the open market. He said he didn't think it was an acknowledgment of what might be his last home game with the Orioles. "If it is, it is. If not, I'll be there on Friday (in Toronto), back with my teammates". Escobar has played shortstop in addition to third base, but there's some doubt about whether he still has the ability to be an everyday shortstop. Playoff hopefuls and contenders are vying to add Machado, who is hitting.315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs this season.

Machado will represent the Orioles during Tuesday night's All-Star game. LA looks poised to land him unless another team swoops in.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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