During the All-Star Game broadcast Tuesday night, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted a separate report also saying Machado would be dealt to the Dodgers "with more certainty". Between the Stark report on Monday and the reports that emerged early Tuesday morning, the chips feel to be falling in Philadelphia's favor. Machado, hitting.315 with a.963 on-base-plus-slugging percentage and 24 home runs, fills a clear need with a superstar.
Heyman names the Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers as leaders for Machado, with the Yankees and Cleveland Indians lagging behind. "There are a lot of things I can't control", Machado said hours before the All-Star Game. "I just try to go out there and enjoy myself as much as I can". The Dodgers placed Diaz on the temporarily inactive list on Saturday.
ESPN's Buster Olney reported Sunday that even if the Phillies do not trade for Machado this summer, they would ardently pursue him as a free agent after the season. Machado won two Gold Gloves at third base (2013, 2015) before making the switch to shortstop this year.
It didn't take Machado long to weigh in about the rumored trade, either. Given that Machado is owed the balance of a $16 million salary for 2018 and given that the Dodgers are right up against the tax threshold, they'll need some cash from Baltimore or to send a pricey contract the other way.
Duquette then said the club previously attempted to extend Machado.