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Trade chatter: A Machado alternative, an intriguing starter and more

Trade chatter: A Machado alternative, an intriguing starter and more

One of the more intriguing elements to the Manny Machado trade discussions — beyond the question of Machado’s destination — is the Baltimore Orioles’ approach to fielding offers for the four-time All-Star. ESPN’s Buster Olney has spoken to competing executives who see a more focused, purposeful and engaged Orioles front office this summer. But that’s not a universal take.

“I wouldn’t call them methodical or organized, and the aggressiveness comes and goes,” said one team official who has dealt with the Orioles recently. “There is a lot of stop-and-go to the process.”

Will a deal come to fruition before or after the All-Star break?authentic nfl jerseys cheap  Barring the mother of all trade-deadline shockers, Machado will be gone soon enough and the other position-player dominoes will start falling. One intriguing Plan B name making the rounds: Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.1

Dozier entered this season with hopes of playing in the postseason and enhancing his free-agent payday with a productive “walk year,” but events haven’t played out that way. The Twins are 40-49 and 8? games behind Cleveland in the AL Central, and one bad week is probably all it takes for Derek Falvey and Thad Levine to punt on the idea of contention and aggressively shop Dozier, Lance Lynn, Fernando Rodney and the team’s other short-term veteran pieces.

Dozier’s .223/.308/.409 slash line has put a bit of a crimp in his appeal. But he’s two years removed from hitting 28 homers and slugging .646 after the All-Star break. Dozier ranks 148th among 163 qualifying MLB hitters with a .248 batting average on balls in play this season, so it’s not unreasonable to think he has a second-half run in him. He is also a popular, team-oriented veteran who is only going to add to a contender’s clubhouse mix.

So which teams could be in the mix on Dozier? Sources said the Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Brewers, three teams in the heart of the Machado pursuit, are all potential landing spots.

The Dodgers, who rank 25th in the majors in second base OPS and have expressed interest in Dozier in the past, might be the best fit. The Brewers are playing Jonathan Villar at second base and the Diamondbacks are going primarily with Ketel Marte, and Dozier would be an offensive upgrade over either player. He also would take a considerably smaller bite than Machado out of a team’s farm system.nfl authentic jerseys cheap

“The guy is a proven home run hitter and a leader, and on the right club, hitting in the right part of the lineup, he can get hot with anybody,” said a scout. But first, everybody needs to see how the Manny saga plays out.