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Orioles trade all-star shortstop Machado to Dodgers, source says
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Thursday, July 19, 2018 – Print Edition, Page B12


The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the Manny Machado sweepstakes, garnering the prized all-star shortstop from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade Wednesday night. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed the trade to The Associated Press, however, the deal has not yet been officially announced.

Machado, a power hitter with extraordinary fielding skills, greatly improves the Dodgers' chances of reaching the World Series for a second consecutive year. He led the O's in batting average (.315), home runs (24) and RBIs (65). Machado's contract expires at the end of the season, and the last-place Orioles decided against negotiating an expensive, multiyear extension because they have too many holes as the team moves into a rebuilding mode. Though only a summer rental, Machado was coveted by a variety of contenders, including Philadelphia, Milwaukee, the Chicago Cubs and Arizona, currently a half-game behind the Dodgers in the NL West. L.A. gets a four-time AL all-star with two Gold Gloves who has 129 homers over the past 31/2 seasons. Machado was drafted third over all by the Orioles in 2010, made his big-league debut in 2012 and spent his entire major-league career in Baltimore.


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