Is there a glimmer of hope for the Phillies that they can land Manny Machado?
During the All-Star game Tuesday night, multiple reports said barring a snag, the Los Angeles Dodgers had beaten out the Phillies and other teams in acquiring Orioles shortstop Manny Machado.
Now, there might be an issue with one or two of the Dodgers prospects thought to be in the trade.
MLB Network’s Steve Phillips, who worked as the general manager of the New York Mets from 1997-2003, reported Wednesday afternoon that the Orioles haven’t cleared one or two of the Dodgers prospects.
Phillips’s account is not verified, but it is, in fact, the real person tweeting this information.
There have been no other reports suggesting the Orioles had issues with players in a potential deal, but they have a history of failing prospects’ physicals and nixing trades.
This could potentially open up the chances of Philadelphia getting Machado, but those chances are slim. Very, very slim.
Several prospects in the Phillies farm system have been linked to the Orioles, including their number two prospect Adonis Medina. Pitchers Franklyn Kilome and Cole Irvin and hitters Jhaylin Ortiz and Arquemedes Gamboa have also been scouted during the process.
It’s a long shot, and nothing is ever truly final with the Orioles when it comes to trades.
Get your popcorn ready, Philadelphia. We could be in for some more excitement in the next couple of hours if this report is true and the Orioles reject the Dodgers trade offer.