The Orioles had no choice but to trade Machado, perhaps the greatest player in franchise history since Cal Ripken Jr. Still, the night turned into one unlike any other in All-Star history, with a player taking the field knowing he nearly certainly would be wearing his team's uniform for the last time. Chris Taylor has been a solid fill-in, with a.786 OPS, 11 home runs, 41 RBI, 21 doubles and an NL-leading eight triples this season. "I haven't heard anything".
It didn't take Machado long to weigh in about the rumored trade, either. For another thing, the Dodgers - with Justin Turner in house and Corey Seager returning - are not necessarily an obvious suitor for Machado in free agency, so you might not see them using the extra time to court him like the Phillies would.
But Machado apparently hadn't been told anything prior to Tuesday night's Midsummer Classic in Washington D.C. Boston Red Sox star J.D. Martinez posted an Instagram live video with Machado and when he asked his friend where he was headed, the shortstop had a very NSFW answer. But for now, I'm just trying to worry about today, not try to worry about anything else.
The Philadelphia Phillies' rebuild may get a jolt in the next few days. It was a tremendous honor to wear this uniform. "They drafted me, I came up with them, played with them". They gave me that. The organization has done everything, so if this is the last time, hopefully I treated them well and did everything I could for this organization.
No, that's not a huge difference, which reflects two facts: we're well past the midpoint of the season, and SportsLine was already quite bullish on the Dodgers moving forward.