This reminds me of another trade almost ten years ago for a different Manny only minutes before the trade deadline. This Manny might be just as widely heralded. The Dodgers and Orioles finally finalized and announced the Manny Machado deal this afternoon while I was slaving away at work. The trade was initially delayed due to some medical issues with one of the minor leaguers (Not Diaz) but that appears to have been straightened out.
The Dodgers will be sending five minor leaguers to the Orioles in exchange for Machado. Cuban outfielder Yusniel Diaz remains the centerpiece of the deal, but the Dodgers also sent four other players along with Diaz to Baltimore for Machado. Those other players are minor league right handers Dean Kremer, Zach Pop, infielders Rylan Bannon and Breyvic Valera. Baltimore has already optioned Valera to triple-A Norfolk. The Dodgers will be covering the remainder of Machado’s salary (nearly 6.3 million) but no cash is changing hands in the trade.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 19, 2018
Machado is expected to join the Dodgers when they open the second of the season in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Diaz is the only top prospect included in the trade and despite initial speculation of Dustin May or Gavin Lux involved in the trade; neither player was included in the swap. Check out the Dodgers official press release below.
The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired four-time All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Rylan Bannon, Yusniel Díaz, Dean Kremer, Zach Pop and Breyvic Valera.
Machado, 26, was the starting shortstop for the American League All-Star team after batting .315 with 21 doubles, 24 home runs and 65 RBI in 96 games this year for the Orioles. The Florida native ranked among the American League leaders in batting average (6th), hits (115, T-5th), home runs (6th), RBI (T-4th), on-base percentage (.387, 9th), slugging percentage (.575, 5th) and OPS (.963, 5th).
A two-time Gold Glove winner at third base, including taking home the 2013 AL Platinum Glove Award as the league’s top defender, Machado has a .283 career batting average with 162 home runs and 471 RBI in 860 games over his seven big league seasons with the Orioles. He has a .311 career batting average with runners in scoring position and has hit .333 with the bases loaded, including eight grand slams. Since his first full season in 2013, Machado ranks among the AL’s best in hits (927, 5th), extra-base hits (351, 6th), doubles (189, T-2nd), home runs (155, T-7th) and slugging percentage (.489, 14th). Machado was originally selected by the Orioles in the first round (third overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Bannon, 22, has slashed .296/.402/.559 with 17 doubles, six triples, 20 home runs and 61 RBI in 89 games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga this season en route to the California League All-Star selection. Díaz, 21, participated in this year’s Future’s Game after hitting .314 with six homers and 30 RBI in 59 games with Double-A Tulsa.
Kremer, 22, has gone 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA (29 ER/86.0 IP) in 17 combined starts this season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa. Pop, 21, is 1-2 with seven saves and has posted a 1.04 ERA (5 ER/43.1 IP) in 30 combined games with Single-A Great Lakes and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga this year.
Valera, 26, appeared in 20 games with the Dodgers this season batting .172 (5-for-29) with four runs and four RBI, while spending majority of the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, slashing .284/.350/.433 with eight doubles, two triples, six home runs and 25 RBI in 56 games.