The rumors of Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the All-Star Game was just a speculation, until it became official on Wednesday Night. The Orioles will receive five prospects from the Los Angeles Dodgers in return. They are outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-handed pitcher Dean Kremer, third baseman Rylan Bannon, right-handed pitcher Zach Pop, and third baseman Breyvic Valera.
Manny Machado's batting average is .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBI's, along with eight stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .387. He is 25 years old and Machado is expected to test the free agent market after this season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers made this move simply because they want to make another playoff run, but this time finish the job. Corey Seager has been dealing with injuries all season long and that's another reason why the Dodgers made this move. They also had the prospects to give up.
The Dodgers record so far in 2018 is 53-43. They lead the National League West over the Arizona Diamondbacks by 0.5 games. Los Angeles is only separated four games by fourth place San Francisco Giants in the division.
The Baltimore Orioles have decided to start a rebuild with this trade. They have the worst record in baseball at 28-69. The last time the Orioles lost at least 100 games in a season was when they lost 107 games in 1988.
Outfielder Yusniel Diaz is now Baltimore's second best prospect. He will report to Double-A Bowie Baysox. His batting average with the Tulsa Drillers in 59 games was .314 with six home runs and 30 RBI's. He has a .428 on-base percentage. Diaz is projected to reach the majors in 2019.
Right-handed pitcher Dean Kremer is now Baltimore's 13th best prospect. He will report to Double-A Bowie Baysox. His record in the minors this season was 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA. In 86 innings pitched, Kremer has given up 70 hits and 33 runs. He has walked 29 batters and has struck out 125. Kremer is projected to reach the majors in 2020.
Third baseman Rylan Bannon is now Baltimore's 17th best prospect. He will report to Double-A Bowie Baysox. Bannon played in 89 games with High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. His batting average was .296 with 20 home runs and 61 RBI's, along with four stolen bases. Bannon's on-base percentage was .402. He is projected to reach the majors in 2020.
Right-handed pitcher Zach Pop isn't on the Orioles top 30 prospects list. He will report to Double-A Bowie Baysox. His record was 1-2 with a 1.04 ERA. In 43.1 innings pitched, Pop has given up 25 hits and nine runs. He has walked 13 batters and has struck out 47.
Bryvic Valera isn't on the Orioles top 30 prospects list. He will report to Triple-A Norfolk Tides. His batting average is .284 with six home runs and 25 RBI's, along with four stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .350, in 56 games with the Oklahoma City Dodgers in Triple-A.
This is only the beginning of possible moves before the trade deadline for the Baltimore Orioles. They could also trade outfielder Adam Jones and relief pitchers Zach Britton (LHP) and Brad Brach (RHP).