Matthew Manouli | Fri 15/12/2017 - 04:49 EST

As Winter Meetings End, Manny Machado Out Of Baltimore?

As Winter Meetings End, Manny Machado Out Of Baltimore?

Manny Machado To The Yankees?

In what seems like a never-ending week, the Winter Meetings ended on Thursday and left us with a lot of unanswered questions and unfounded rumors. Even the most solid information can have its' flaws or culminate months later. The big rumor as the meetings ended was Manny Machado.

While we discussed the Orioles shopping Machado, we are now aware of the teams who have shown interest. On top of the pack are reportedly the White Sox and Cards. They seem to be offering the best in return for the wannabe shortstop. The Sox do have a great prospect system to give a more lucrative trade to the Baltimore Orioles. The Cards could use Machado a lot better though, and are just a few steps from being the best team in their division if they make the right moves. The Phillies have the money and farm system to facilitate a trade as well, so don't be surprised to see this move. Arizona might be in on the talks as well.

Another possibility would be a move to the Yankees, which was touted as an option. This can be dismissed out of hand though, as having a star player traded within your division is the worst move you can make. Machado in pinstripes homering at Camden Yards isn't something the O's are eager to see so many times in a season. Their best bet would be to trade him outside the AL.

Of course, this could all just be a tease. It wouldn't be the first time. Even though Machado's contract is running out at the end of the season and he enters free agency, he could very well just stay on the Orioles and run out his contract (along with Buck Showalter's), as they try to make one last push for a title. If the Red Sox don't make some moves quick, it might be possible for them to at least stay competitive.

Trades and Signings

  • The Chicago Cubs are allegedly close to signing right handed reliever Steve Cishek. In 49 games between playing for the Mariners and Rays, he amassed a 2.01 ERA with 41 SO in 44 IP.
  • Reliever Brandon Kintzler has signed to the Nationals, bolstering their revamped bullpen even more. He's on for two years with a $10 million deal. 

Rumor Mill

  • The Boston Red Sox didn't land J.D Martinez, but it's still possible. The AL East winners reportedly want to not only add Martinez, but Eric Hosmer as well. To stay competitive with the Yankees after their moves, they pretty much need to.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays listened to offers for Chris Archer, Alex Colome, Evan Longoria, and Jake Odorizzi, but nothing came out of it.
  • Because of their terrible record, the Pittsburgh Pirates will look to sell Gerrit Cole, Andrew McCutchen, and Josh Harrison. McCutchen seems to be dangling on the weakest thread.

There are a lot of rumors surrounding players, but management just isn't pulling the trigger. A lot of free agent relievers have been signed or found new homes, but the supply was just so high. We're not seeing that with rarer breeds like power hitters or starters. A lot of these free agent stars might not know where they'll be playing well into the new year.

Rule 5 Draft

It wasn't an eventful draft by any means. The New York Yankees, however, came out of it losing four of their minor league players, the most in the league. They have the deepest farm system, so this makes sense, but there were only two other teams who lost more than one player. 

The Detroit Tigers had the #1 overall pick and chose outfielder Victor Reyes, who hit .292 with four homers in Double-A last season.

View the full results here.

With Winter Meetings over and opening day still months away, stick with us for more MLB updates!

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