Trade Chips: Baltimore Orioles

by: Eric Boston @EricBoston3

Who saw Baltimore collapsing like they have before the year began? Put your hands down, no one believes you.

The O ’s have an MLB worst 24-59 record and play in a division with two of the top teams in the American League - Boston and New York. They have occupied the final spot in our OTPB Power Rankings for several weeks now. All of that adds up to there not being much hope for 2018, or honestly any time soon.

Baltimore has probably this year’s biggest trade deadline name on their roster, along with other veterans who could help out a contending team. Now that the calendar has flipped to July, let’s take a look at three players who could be on the move this month. These are the Orioles top trade chips.

The 25-year-old shortstop has been the player that the baseball world is waiting to see dealt.

Machado is a free agent after this season and there seems to be no hope of him remaining in Baltimore. The team should be able to bring in a good haul of prospects to help in what is sure to be the beginning of a rebuilding effort in 2019.

Currently slashing .310/.377/.564 with 21 HRs, 59 RBIs and putting up 1.7 WAR, Machado would be a huge boost for any franchise that lands him. The question becomes, will they be able to resign him?

Best Fits: Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies

There has been plenty of chatter that the Dodgers are the team with the best chance of landing Machado. While I agree that they are a good fit, especially with the injuries they have suffered this season, I still question whether the team will give up what it takes to land him.

That is why I hope to see the Brewers make a splash. Milwaukee is squarely in the National League mix for a World Series birth. They have a need at shortstop even with acquiring Brad Miller - that should not stop the Brew Crew from adding an All-Star player. If they indeed have championship inspirations, bringing in top talent should be a high priority.

At 32 years old Jones is still a very good player. He is sporting a .287/.313/.437 slash line with 10 HRs and 32 RBIs.

Like Machado Jones is a free agent at the end of the season.  He may be slowing down a bit in the OF, but his offensive production can still carry him at this point. If Baltimore can get a couple of decent prospects there is no reason for the O’s to hang on to him.

Best Fits: Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies

I would love to see Jones return to the team that drafted him. Seattle is forcing its way among the American League elite and they should be all-in on any upgrade they can get their hands on. Trading for Jones doesn’t hurt their OF too much but adds another weapon to a good lineup.

The Angels could also be a sneaky play here as they could move Jones to RF and improve his defensive rating a bit. It would also be a move to battle with the Mariners for the division.

Britton is an interesting case as he has only appeared in nine games in 2018.

In his career he has put up a 3.27 ERA and brings closing experience, he has totaled 136 Saves to this point. The lefty is 30 years old and, like his teammates, will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Teams always have room to improve their pitching, especially the backend of a bullpen. Britton could, somewhat quietly, become one of the biggest names leading up to the trade deadline.

Best Fits: Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox

My friend Ryan Cameron (@RyanCameron22) thought that the Tribe should go after Britton. You can read his thoughts here. While I agree that bringing him to Cleveland would be a solid move, I'm just not sure that it is the top destination for the reliever.

Philadelphia jumps out as a landing spot though. The Phillies have reportedly had discussions with the San Diego Padres. Those talks included RP Brad Hand. Britton fits into a similar mold and should be of interest to Philly.

The one player the O's would love to move is 1B/DH Chris Davis. The once prominent slugger is slashing a miserable .155/.232/.265 with only seven HRs and 24 RBIs in 2018. I'm sure Baltimore is praying that some team would offer anything at all for him, the reality is that it is not going to happen. However, if the team unloads other veterans I would expect Davis to get released.

While there are plenty of teams who should be sellers this July, none more than Baltimore have the name power to keep things interesting. 

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