The Orioles are shopping 3B Manny Machado, and are seeking two young, controllable starting pitchers in return, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
However, Machado -- who is set for free agency after the 2018 season -- wants to return to shortstop this season, notes Rosenthal.
The Mets, Phillies, Braves, Giants, and Angels could make up part of the market for Machado, with the Yankees potentially on the periphery, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe noted in September. But with Machado now seeking to play shortstop, it's fair to believe his list of potential suitors could be different.
Machado, 25, hit .259/.310/.471 with 33 HR, 33 doubles, and 95 RBI in 156 games for the Orioles this past season. During his six-year career, Machado has hit .279/.329/.476 with 138 HR, while winning two Gold Gloves at third base.
He will earn $11.5 million in 2018.
The Mets are currently expected to have Asdrubal Cabrera at third base, Amed Rosario at shortstop, and Dominic Smith (and perhaps a platoon partner) at first base in 2018.
They are seeking a second baseman via trade or free agency, GM Sandy Alderson has suggested.
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Earlier this offseason, while tossing around outside the box Mets ideas with colleagues, one I suggested was 'trade Jacob deGrom for Manny Machado and sign one of the higher-end free agent starting pitchers to replace him.'
That isn't because I want the Mets to trade deGrom. Instead, it's because the lack of attractive prospects the Mets have means they need to do something unexpected if they want to acquire a player such as Machado. They could then slide Amed Rosario to second base to fill that need.
In the above scenario, the Mets would be trading a player with three years of team control remaining for a player with just one year of control. As the Mets did before the 2008 season when acquiring Johan Santana from the Twins, any potential trade would have to include a 72-hour window to extend Machado.
Now back to reality...
Would the Mets consider this? Would Machado be open to signing an extension before hitting free agency?
The Mets should call the Orioles and find out. Because while they're reportedly seeking two young, controllable starting pitchers, it's hard to see teams giving up a ton for just one year of Machado.
"That doesn't bring you two controllable pitchers, as good as Manny is," Rosenthal said Tuesday afternoon on the MLB Network.
The Mets don't need to do something 'bold' or make a 'splash' for the sake of it. But if you can acquire a potential franchise-altering player who makes complete sense for your team, while making a splash in the process? Even better.
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