Around this time last year, the thought of Machado ending up on a team like Philadelphia seemed like a long shot since the team appeared to be a few years away from being a contender, but luckily things have turned around for the better. The move was created to get their star player off a sloppy field, because the last-place Orioles are entertaining offers for Machado before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Machado could have played in his final game at Camden Yards on Sunday, and if he did, he gave one lasting final memory with a loud solo homer in the first inning, his 24th of the season. Unless another suitor increases its offer, the Phillies are well-positioned to acquire Machado.
Machado, 26, was drafted by the Orioles with the third overall pick in 2010 and has been a starter in Baltimore since 2012. "Me putting up the numbers I did at shortstop where people didn't think I should have made the move in my walk year, but I did". "If not, I'll be there on Friday [in Toronto], back with my teammates". "He just told me, 'I'm going to take you out".
He insists he's not thinking about whether Tuesday night might be his last in Orioles attire. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Tuesday that the Orioles have the "structure of a deal in place, and are going through the medicals/paperwork portion of the transaction", but he did not say which team Baltimore was working with. I've got a lot of clothes in my locker and in my room.