The Orioles may trade 3B Manny Machado this offseason if they're not "making headway on a new deal," reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
The Mets, Phillies, Braves, Giants, and Angels could make up part of the market for Machado, with the Yankees potentially on the periphery, notes Cafardo.
Machado, 25, is hitting .273/.328/.507 with 32 HR, 29 doubles, and 91 RBI in 134 games this season for the Orioles.
During his six-year career, Machado has hit .282/.332/.483 with 137 HR, while winning two Gold Gloves at third base.
He is earning $11.5 million this season, is again eligible for arbitration after the year, and eligible for free agency after the 2018 season.
The Mets have cobbled third base together this season by primarily using Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, and Asdrubal Cabrera at the position.
David Wright has missed the entire season due to shoulder issues and underwent rotator cuff surgery on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Wright , who is under contract through the 2020 season, has been limited to 75 games over the past three seasons. He missed 124 games in 2015 due to lumbar spinal stenosis -- a condition in his lower back that he will forever need to monitor.
According to SNY contributor Adam Rubin, when factoring in pay increases via arbitration for Jeurys Familia, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, and others, the Mets have roughly $87 million committed to 2018.
The Mets have $53 million in player salary commitments in 2019, $42 million in 2020, and zero in 2021.