Let’s play devil’s advocate for a moment regarding the Baltimore Orioles and third baseman Manny Machado. Humor me, if you will. Should the Birds consider trading him?
The idea is out there, and it’s being discussed by fans across the board. Yes, I said by fans. There’s a prevailing sentiment that the Orioles won’t be able to sign Machado when the time comes. So they may as well trade him and get something for him – right?
However I would submit that’s akin to admitting defeat. In this case, it’s admitting defeat before you even start. How many people thought the Orioles were going to re-sign Davis last year? Remember that send-off at Camden Yards in the last game of 2015?
Point being, it came as a surprise when Davis finally re-signed. Obviously Machado is going to cost a pretty penny more than what Davis did. That’s about par for the course when you’re dealing with a would-be hall of famer like Machado.
Here’s my point; don’t just assume that Machado’s going to be gone before the time comes. So on that point, no the Orioles shouldn’t trade him. In fact I would submit that it would be foolish to do so. But apparently people on message boards know better than I.