During the previous winter, the White Sox seemed to be major players in the push to get Manny Machado.
But, as the end of his contract in Baltimore is closing in along with the July Trade Deadline, it does not look like Machado will be a White Sox player.
In fact, it doesn’t even look like he will make his baseball home in Chicago. If the rumors come to fruition, it doesn’t even look like Machado will be in the American League.
The All-Star infielder looks to be headed to Los Angeles if the latest rumors are accurate. Machado is having one the best seasons of his career and he would be a welcome addition to the Sox or any team for that matter. He’s batting a nifty little .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs. No one on the White Sox team is close to hitting like Machado, who is currently playing shortstop for the Orioles. In previous seasons, he manned third base, where he was awarded a Platinum Glove earlier in his career.
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The Sox shortstop and third baseman don’t even have 24 home runs combined. Tim Anderson has 13 home runs and Yolmer Sanchez has five of his own. Anderson has 39 RBIs and Sanchez has 42. The biggest similarity between Machado and the left side of the Sox infield are that the men are on teams that are performing below expectations. The Orioles are 28-69, while the Sox are 33-62.
According to Bob Nightengale with USA Today:
"“The Baltimore Orioles, barring a last minute snag, will trade All-Star shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, according to a baseball official with direct knowledge of the deal.”"
If this happens on Wednesday, it isn’t good news for the Sox. And, but it’s not bad news either. The worst part of the deal is that the White Sox didn’t get him. But, the best part is that if he joins the Dodgers, the White Sox will only see him every three years (or in the playoffs). It is fun to remember that the Sox were really in on the mashing infielder. Recall this Tweet from Bob Nightengale:
Machado has done well against Sox pitchers. He has a .364 average against James Shields; his average is higher against other Sox starters, with the exception of Reynaldo Lopez. Machado has yet to record a hit off of him. Regarding bullpen pitchers, Machado has struggled the most against Nate Jones. In four at-bats, Jones has not allowed a hit.
This season, the Sox and Orioles have met up four times at home. They split the series in late May. The teams meet up against at the end of September in Baltimore. Without Machado on the team, the Sox could record a few more wins – which is a good thing.