Player News - Dodgers

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Manny Machado will play shortstop and third base for the team.

Roberts noted that Machado has been informed of this plan. It gives the Dodgers a chance to move Chris Taylor around and take advantage of his versatility when Machado is at shortstop, and he can also give Justin Turner days off at the hot corner when necessary. The big news here is that it looks like Machado will have both third base and shortstop eligibility in leagues next year despite playing nothing but the shortstop position while he was with the Orioles in 2018.
Jul 18 - 11:37 PM

Dodgers acquired SS Manny Machado from the Orioles for OF Yusniel Diaz, RHP Zach Pop, RHP Dean Kremer, 3B Rylan Bannon, and INF Breyic Valera.

This has been rumored for quite some time, but it's now official. The Orioles also entertained offers from the Phillies, Brewers and Diamondbacks -- among others -- but they're able to get five prospects for the 26-year-old shortstop. Machado's defense at shortstop hasn't been spectacular according to the metrics, but he's been tremendous with the bat, hitting .315/.375/.583 with 24 homers and 65 RBI over the first half. An already powerful Dodger lineup gets even better, and he should put up big numbers in his time with Los Angeles.
Jul 18 - 9:10 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers is official.

The Dodgers will send five prospects to the Orioles in the deal, with Yusniel Diaz being the most widely-reported part of the trade. Rosenthal reports that RHP prospect Dean Kremer, 3B Rylan Bannon, INF Breyvic Valera and RHP Zach Pop are also in the deal.
Jul 18 - 7:10 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that Dodgers RHP prospect Dustin May and SS prospect Gavin Lux are not involved in the Manny Machado trade to the Dodgers.

Earlier reports had May going with prospect Yusniel Diaz in the deal, and Lux was a player highly coveted by Baltimore as well. Moving both May and Diaz would have been quite the haul for a player that's an impending free agent, but getting Diaz and reportedly four other prospects will still represent a quality get for Baltimore. Expect the trade to become official soon.
Jul 18 - 6:59 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the trade sending Manny Machado to the Dodgers "will go through."

A medical issue popped up with one of the players going to the Orioles, but Kubatko says it's "all but addressed" and there are only some "final points to review" before the trade is announced. Outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz is the headliner going to Baltimore and he's expected to be joined by four other players. The Orioles reportedly will be sending some cash along with Machado to the Dodgers.
Jul 18 - 6:27 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the medical holdup with the Manny Machado trade isn't related to Dodgers outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz.

Diaz is the headliner of the deal, so any problem with him probably would've meant the deal falling apart. Since the medical issue is with more of a complementary piece, the two sides still figure to work things out even if it means having to alter the trade a bit. It wouldn't appear to be a slam dunk anymore, though, so it's possible the Phillies and/or Brewers put in a call to see if they can jump back in.
Jul 18 - 4:35 PM

According to Steve Phillips of MLB Network Radio, there is a "possible snag" in the Dodgers' expected acquisition of Orioles superstar Manny Machado.

Phillips hears from a source that "one or more" of the prospects that the Dodgers offered to Baltimore had some "issues in their physicals" -- as in, medical issues. This is not new territory for the Orioles, who have multiple times in the recent past rejected trades and asked for contracts to be reworked following physical examinations. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Tuesday night, during the MLB All-Star Game, that Machado was all but certain to be dealt to Los Angeles before the start of the second half. Phillips now writes that this situation "may open the door for other clubs" to jump back in. Stay tuned.
Jul 18 - 2:29 PM

Pedro Baez (biceps) worked a 1-2-3 inning in his rehab debut Tuesday with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Baez retired all three batters he faced in the 14-pitch outing, one via strikeout and two via groundout. He'll probably make two or three more appearances on the farm before returning to the Dodgers' bullpen shortly after the All-Star break. The 30-year-old setup man had a 3.23 ERA and 36/16 K/BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings when he landed on the disabled list June 12 with tendinitis in his right biceps.
Jul 18 - 8:15 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and FOX reports that Manny Machado will indeed be traded to the Dodgers.

Rosenthal interviewed Machado during the sixth inning of Tuesday night's All-Star Game and the 26-year-old superstar spoke about the Orioles in the past tense while acknowledging that he hadn't heard anything official. Moments later, Rosenthal wrote on Twitter that the trade to the Dodgers is "happening." MLB discourages teams from making big announcements on the day of the Midsummer Classic, and that's probably the only thing that is keeping the full trade agreement under wraps. 21-year-old outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz is expected to be part of the O's return package. We haven't heard word about any other names that might be included. Look for this deal to be made official on Wednesday.
Jul 17 - 10:16 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are "increasingly likely" to land Manny Machado.

Rosenthal notes that several of the other teams tied to Machado also "expect that outcome." There were a number of reports Tuesday suggesting a last-minute play from the Phillies, but the Dodgers apparently have the best offer on the table and it sounds like the medicals and paperwork might already be done. Look for something official by Wednesday afternoon. Major League Baseball frowns on its clubs making big announcements on the day of the All-Star Game.
Jul 17 - 6:12 PM

Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies remain "aggressively motivated" in trade talks for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado and "confidence remains high" internally that they can get a deal done.

The Dodgers are the favorites in the mix, with Bob Nightengale of USA Today reporting that a deal could be completed as soon as Wednesday, but this report from the Phillies' side indicates that nothing is done just yet. There was a report from Jon Morosi of MLB.com late Monday night that the Phillies were willing to include prospect right-hander Adonis Medina in a deal, but it's unclear if that would be enough to land the 26-year-old Orioles superstar. We should have some clarity on this situation in the next 24 hours.
Jul 17 - 2:53 PM

Pedro Baez (biceps) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Baez has been out for about a month with tendinitis in his right biceps, but he appears on track to rejoin the Dodgers' bullpen shortly after the All-Star break. The 30-year-old had a 3.23 ERA and 36/16 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings prior to the injury.
Jul 17 - 2:21 PM

Dodgers RHP prospect Tony Gonsolin allowed two runs over six innings with eight strikeouts for Double-A Tulsa on Monday.

Gonsolin, 24, was making his Double-A debut, and it went well outside of a homer. He didn't walk anyone, and the eight strikeouts ups his strikeout-to-walk ratio to 114/26 over 89 2/3 innings. Acquired with a ninth-round pick in 2016 out of St. Mary's, Gonsolin has shown four pitches that can miss bats, and he generally locates all four for strikes. He's also a quality athlete -- he was a two-way player in college -- who repeats his delivery well. Gonsolin could be a future closer if he was moved to relief, but his complete arsenal gives him an excellent chance to start. He's one of the more underrated prospects in baseball.
Jul 17 - 2:17 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Orioles have the structure of a Manny Machado trade in place and are going through the "medicals/paperwork portion of the transaction."

Olney adds that the Dodgers "have been very invested" in pursuing Machado, in addition to the Phillies and other teams, but that a deal is not finished yet. Either way, multiple reports indicate that Machado will begin the second half with a new team. It’s very possible that a deal is essentially done and the Orioles would prefer to have him play Tuesday’s All-Star Game representing the team before an official announcement is made. In other words, there should be clarity very soon.
Jul 17 - 11:04 AM

Jon Heyman of FanCred reports that the Dodgers "appear to be the leading contender" in trade talks for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado.

This comes hours after Jon Morosi of MLB.com wrote that the Phillies were currently the "most likely destination" for Machado after the club expressed a willingness to include pitching prospect Adonis Medina in a potential deal. With that in mind, Heyman writes that the situation is "fluid" and that the Phillies, Brewers, and Diamondbacks could still have an outside chance. Prospects Dustin May and Gavin Lux are among the names linked in trade talks between the Dodgers and Orioles. If acquired by Los Angeles, Machado would take over at shortstop while Chris Taylor would move back to the outfield. Machado is set to represent the Orioles in Tuesday's All-Star Game, but it sounds like he could be in a different uniform later this week.
Jul 17 - 8:49 AM


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