Baltimore Orioles: Revisiting why you don’t trade in the division

I’m on record as saying that if the Baltimore Orioles are going to trade Manny Machado, it absolutely can’t be within the AL East. To me, the reasoning for this is obvious. However I’m seeing a lot of progressive-type thinking, which leads me to believe that people aren’t necessarily against the idea.

Teams don’t make trades for no reason. They make them to better themselves. In the Orioles’ case, trading Machado wouldn’t make them better…for now. But it could make them better in the future. A team trading FOR Machado is going to be better right now. Get that? RIGHT NOW. Still think trading in the division is a good idea?

Now on the flip side, you’re taking prospects away from your division rivals. And ultimately, it might well be a fair point to ask why you wouldn’t take a deal from say Boston or NY if in fact that’s the best deal out there. If that’s the best the Orioles can do, is it really smart of them to turn the offer down? Isn’t that akin to cutting off one’s nose to spite their face?

Perhaps it is. But ask yourselves…do the Orioles really need to make a deal? If anything, if they wait until the trade deadline and re-evaluate things based on the first half, they might get more for him than they otherwise would have. (If they decide to trade him at that time.) But the Orioles don’t need to worry about getting his salary off the books for any reason. So it’s not wise to take a deal just for the sake of making one.

And it’s not wise to basically help out your main competition. Yet many fans seem to question why the Orioles wouldn’t listen to offers from New York. And I suspect they’d be the same ones who would in turn question the Orioles further when thousands of fans come into Camden Yards wearing pinstriped Machado jerseys. Why did they do that? How could they do that?

I suppose that new school thinking says that you should at the very least consider trading within your division if the opportunity arises. But just because something’s new doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better.

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