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Report: Dodgers Have Now Landed Manny Machado

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Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League infielder Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (13) reacts with American League infielder Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros (27) during the fifth inning against the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

After nearly 24 hours of going back-and-forth, it appears as if Manny Machado will officially be heading to Los Angeles and joining the Dodgers.

Traction started picking up yesterday, as Ken Rosenthal reported the Dodgers were close to acquiring Machado. Though nothing was made official yesterday, all signs pointed to the deal being completed. After the All-Star Game ended, it was rumored the deal would be made official either Tuesday night or sometime on Wednesday.

It appeared the trade was hitting a halt Wednesday morning. Baltimore was concerned about the health of some prospects they’d be getting in return. Everything eventually worked out, as the trade was completed around 4 p.m. pacific time.

In the trade, the Dodgers will be sending five prospects to Baltimore.

Among these prospects, Yusniel Diaz is the highest ranked, coming in at No. 4. The other prospects include RHP Dean Kremer (No. 28), 3B Rylan Bannon (No. 27), Zach Pop, and Breyvic Valera.

Analysis

The Dodgers drastically just improved their offense. Machado, one of the best hitters in the game, will slide into the shortstop position. As it stands, Machado would lead the Dodgers in home runs and runs batted in. For LA, this marks yet another year the front office has made a splash at the trade deadline. This is a great move for the Dodgers, who have strong hopes of making a return to the World Series. This move might not be the last, as there are still two weeks remaining until the trade deadline. It will be interesting to see if this is their final move, or if it is only the beginning.

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Written by Blake Harris

Blake is currently studying sports journalism at Arizona State University. He covers both the basketball and baseball teams, while hosting a weekly baseball show on the school's radio program. In his spare time, he edits highlight videos for collegiate and professional athletes. He currently has over 125,000 subscribers and 70 million views on Youtube. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he passionately roots for the Dodgers, Clippers, and Saints.

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