Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will become eligible for free agency after the 2018 season and is likely to get a windfall. The club, however, isn’t expected to pursue trading their star at the hot corner this offseason, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Machado, 25, has been one of baseball’s best players since debuting in 2012. He had a slow start to the 2017 season, seeing his OPS nearly drop below .700 in early July, but a strong second half has made his overall numbers more than respectable. Machado is batting .264/.318/.484 with 32 home runs and 92 RBI in 651 plate appearances while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense at third base. Just because the Orioles don’t plan to move
Postseason teams are continuing to win, except for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and some incredible runs put on by teams just outside of the playoffs are being pushed to the side. Although most of the divisions have been wrapped up, the battle for first place in each league and the overall top seed for home-field throughout the playoffs are getting heated. Of course the Dodgers losing three straight to Philadelphia Phillies, with the potential for the sweep tonight, is a huge factor. Still at 96 wins they hold the best record in baseball but everyone is charging fast. Cleveland is now a game behind for home-field throughout the playoffs and Houston is 2.5 back. The Indians have won 26 of their last
Chris Sale joined an elite fraternity in the Boston Red Sox’s 9-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night, but he didn’t know it at the time. The Red Sox ace reached the 300-strikeout mark when he froze Ryan Flaherty with a nasty slider to end the eighth inning, and when he headed for the dugout he was unaware that he had become the second Red Sox pitcher to reach the mark. “When I ran out there, and everyone — when I struck out the last guy, when they started losing it, I was like, ‘oh, well, I guess it was it,’ Sale said, per ESPN. And when he was asked if he knew how important the strikeout of Flaherty was, Sale had a surprising answer. “No idea,” Sale said. “I knew I was close.