In a blockbuster trade with the Orioles, the Los Angeles Dodgers landed four-time All-Star shortstop Manny Machado in exchange for five prospects on Wednesday.
In a crazy day that was hampered by physical exam delays and speculation, the Dodgers only needed to give up one of their top prospects in Yusniel Diaz, an upcoming cuban outfielder that clubbed two home runs during the All-Star Future’s game on Sunday. The trade details are as follows:
SS Manny Machado
OF Yusniel Diaz
RHP Dean Kramer
RHP Zach Pop
3b Rylan Bannon
INF Breyvic Valera
In the case of the Dodgers, they add one of the league’s best fielders and another deadly bat to a lineup of great hitters. At 26-years old, Machado brings youthful fire and determination from his six years spent in Baltimore, where he only advanced past the AL Wild Card game once. In a competitive NL West division, Los Angeles hopes the addition of Machado will help them retain their spot at the top.
“We’re in first place by the slimmest of margins [half-game] and four teams are within a few games,” said general manager Farhan Zaidi. “We felt improving the team in this period was imperative, and we think Manny Machado is the best target out there
Due to the acquisition of the three-time Gold Glove winner, the Dodgers can now move outfielder Chris Taylor back to his natural position. Taylor had been substituting at shortstop since Corey Seager underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in April. Machado, who is also a free agent in 2019, provides the Dodgers with a lethal one-year rental that will hopefully help the team slug its way to the top of the Majors.
Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues.