Baltimore Orioles: Don’t trade Manny Machado in the AL East

There’s no circumstance in which the Baltimore Orioles should consider trading Manny Machado to an AL East team – namely the New York Yankees. Predictably, New York is interested in the all-star third baseman. Heck, they were even kind enough to send their team’s incumbent to San Diego to clear a spot. However if that had anything to do with Machado, it was probably in vain; Machado apparently wants to play shortstop moving forward.

But I digress. In no sport is it a good idea to trade within one’s own division. Never, not at any time, and under no circumstances. Teams only make trades to improve themselves. So why would a division rival want Machado? Because he makes them better. New York is already a stacked team. But would they be better with Machado? Indubitably.

However there are many people out there who simply like to challenge “old thinking.” Who says you can’t trade in your own division? If they offer the best deal why wouldn’t the Orioles take that?  Because again, teams make trades to get better. So why would the Orioles want to help New York get better.

The counter-argument to that is, …how do we know it’s going to blow up in the Orioles’ face? Couldn’t it work out better for them? And the answer is yes. However when you get a fresh crop of prospects, they’re simply that: prospects. Machado is a guarantee in a sense. He’ll be a superstar on day one. And we know that because we’re well beyond day one of his career at this point.

The only risk for any team trading for Machado is that he could end up being a rental since he’s only under team control for one year. However the teams that are interested in him are probably the same teams who would be in the market to sign him at this point next year. You aren’t going to see the likes of Tampa or Toronto playing for Machado.

I would encourage the why not trade within your division? crowd to keep on believing that challenging old thinking is always a good thing. I’m not saying that it’s never a good thing, but the fact is that the status quo has been the status quo for this long for a reason. If you want further proof, as the Boston Red Sox how trading a hot shot pitcher who was a heck of a slugger to New York worked out in the early 20th century.

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