With free agency looming, Manny Machado currently has 13 home runs and 36 RBI’s. What would it take the Mets to get him by August?
Option number one is the Orioles keep him until the end of the season and then retain him with a huge mega contract. Option number two is they keep him until the end of the season and then just let him leave.
The final option is they trade him before the deadline. That way they can get a little something in return in case he was going to walk.
Honestly, any team that knows what they are doing would go with option three. Regardless of whether Machado walks or re-signs, it would be foolish for the Orioles to not try and get some future talent.
Currently, the Orioles have the second worst record in baseball. The extra talent could really help them down the line.
Where do the Mets fit in? Because they should try to trade for him of course? It wouldn’t hurt if they sent an offer to the Orioles between now and August.
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This season Machado has played exclusively as a Shortstop. For the remainder of the season, he would be a huge upgrade. He would also be able to fill in at third base when needed. This would be a huge boost one the Mets start winning often again.
What would Machado cost?
There are many smart teams out there. If a team wanted to pay full price for Machado, they would wait until the end of the season and then offer him a mega contract. Teams wouldn’t want to offer full value in trade only to have him leave at the end of the season.
Therefore the Orioles may be forced to take smaller offers for him. Not small as in bad, just not as epic as they would have liked. There are some scenarios where the Mets would fit in nicely.
First, you really need to look at what the Orioles needs are, which right now is mainly pitching. Right now the Orioles have ten pitchers who have thrown at least 20 innings. Four of them have an ERA over 6.
That’s really bad. In comparison, the Mets had eight pitchers with at least 20 innings and only Matt Harvey had an ERA over 6. As a team, the Orioles 5.18 ERA is the third worst in the majors and their 1.50 WHIP is the second worst.
What could the Mets offer?
That’s where the Mets would start, with pitchers. Some current major league hurlers and some minor leaguers. Ideally, the Orioles would want one of Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo. Both are pretty good pitchers who can start and have a lot of time left before free agency.
Next would be the hitters. The Orioles would be looking for an outfielder as well as a shortstop replacement. The Mets could cover these needs with Brandon Nimmo and one of their most recent international signings, Ronny Mauricio.
When you take into account the combination of future value and the possibility of Machado walking at the end of the year, this would be a huge plus for the Orioles.
But in the end, is it worth it? Would you move Lugo, Nimmo, Mauricio, and Kay for a few months of Machado?
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Based on what the Orioles need and the uncertainty surrounding where Machado will be next season makes something like this sound good for them For the Mets, it’s all based on where they are in the standings when the time comes. For now, every team will be keeping their eyes on Machado.