It looks like my trip to Los Angeles in two weeks is going to be extra special. I’ll see Manny Machado’s first game in Los Angeles as a Dodger.
The Dodgers acquired Machado today from the Orioles in a five for one swap, and the Dodgers weren’t even forced to give up their top prospects in the deal. Yusniel Diaz was the centerpiece – but to get Machado and add him to an already outstanding lineup for this price – was an absolute steal by the Dodgers and Andrew Friedman.
Welcome to Los Angeles, Manny Machado! #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/tPgopiPWv6
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 19, 2018
I got to do the post over at Dodgers Nation, quite an honor.
It's Official: Manny Machado Has Been Traded to the Los Angeles #Dodgers:https://t.co/oD6Ah79HWm
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) July 18, 2018
The return to the Orioles for Manny Machado: OF Yusniel Diaz, 3B Rylan Bannon, RHP Dean Kremer, RHP Zach Pop and 2B Breyvic Valera.
Diaz is the only top-100 type. Kremer could be a dude. Bannon undersized 3B crushing in Cal League. Pop is a reliever, Valera 26-year-old in AAA.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 18, 2018
First @KingJames, now Manny Machado. What a summer for LA sports 😳 pic.twitter.com/NhXI24V8j0
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 18, 2018
Every home run of Manny Machado's Orioles career: pic.twitter.com/Exb0tpDj4q
— BMOREcenter (@BMOREcenter) July 18, 2018
It’s going to be quite a ride the rest of the summer with Mannywood 2.0 in Los Angeles. Here is a look at the projected lineups after the Machado trade.