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Machado can no longer be untouchable in trade

As great as Manny Machado is now and as great as he still could become, the Orioles should at least be open to trading him for the right price.

If the Chicago White Sox can get the haul of prospects they got for left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana from their cross-town rival Cubs, the Orioles should no longer consider Manny Machado an untouchable commodity.

Quintana’s best year in his five and a half year MLB career was last season when he went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA and 181 strikeouts. This year, he is not nearly as productive, going 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA and 109 strikeouts through the All-Star Break. Still, the defending champions gave up four prospects, including outfielder Eloy Jimenez and pitcher Dylan Cease. Jimenez is considered to be the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball and Cease was the Cubs’ top pitching prospect. Also sent to the White Sox in the deal were Class A infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.

The Orioles should not just give Machado away, not even for just a package deal the White Sox got from the Cubs, but if they get a massive haul of prospects that can rebuild their depleted farm system, then they should make a move.

Machado is not going to be easy to retain when he does become a free agent. With huge financial commitments already made to Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo, the Orioles will have a tough time giving another huge contract to Machado while also being able to field a quality team around him. Machado may have star potential, but if signing him means losing guys like Jonathan Schoop, Zach Britton, Trey Mancini and never being able to pay for any other quality free agent, then even he is not worth it.

The Los Angeles Angels are a perfect example of how one superstar player cannot make the team. Mike Trout very well may be the best all around player in the game, but the Angels have continually gotten poor results and keep missing the playoffs. Nine good hitters with no mega star on a baseball team is proven to be better than one star with few other reliable talents around him.

And unless the Orioles make a move to rebuild their farm system, they would not have the up-and-coming talent to surround Machado with younger and less expensive pieces to win a championship.

Moving a star player is never an easy or popular move. The Orioles should not do something as drastic as trading Machado unless they can get something great for him, but if it is going to be nearly impossible to keep him as it is and they can get a giant crop of prospects to rebuild their farm system, it is a move the organization must consider.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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