Bryce Harper rallied in the final round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night, connecting on pitches from his father to beat Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs 19-18. Five Red Sox players will represent the American League in the All-Star Game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Orioles are reportedly ‘very close’ to dealing Manny Machado — but not to the Yankees
Although Manny Machado will wear black and orange at the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night, it appears ever more likely that the midseason classic will be his last time donning a Baltimore Orioles uniform.
The Orioles are “very close” to a deal involving the 26-year-old shortstop, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported. At this point, the team on the other end of that deal is unknown, but Heyman crossed one club off the list.
“The team that is close to a deal isn’t known, but it won’t be the Yankees, who according to Orioles sources didn’t have the need of some others,” he writes.
That leaves the Phillies, Brewers, and Dodgers in the hunt for Machado’s services. The Phillies are the “most likely” team to land the four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove award winner, per MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. Philadelphia’s willingness to part with Adonis Medina, their No. 2 prospect, reportedly tipped the scales in their favor.
Machado will be a free agent at the end of the season. The Orioles, who don’t have the funds to keep him once he hits the open market, are moving on from their superstar rather than watch him walk away without getting anything in return.
While the Red Sox reportedly discussed a possible move for Machado with the Orioles last week, that seems to be the extent of their involvement.
As for player in question, Machado said, “I would love to stay in Baltimore. It’s where I grew up. They gave me the opportunity to be the player I am. They gave me the chance this season to go to shortstop. I will forever be grateful.”
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How Craig Kimbrel stacks up against the best ever Red Sox closers: Craig Kimbrel will be in Washington D.C. for his third straight All-Star Game. With the fire-baller in the middle of another dominant season, here’s a look at how he compares to the best to ever take the hill in the ninth for Boston. (Boston.com)
Red Sox power rankings: Who’s on top at the All-Star break?: As the team pauses for the midsummer classic, there’s some leapfrogging going on at the top of the power rankings. At the opposite end of the list, Bobby Poyner and Tzu-Wei Lin enter the rankings for the first time. (Boston.com)
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