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Heyman | Cubs could be landing spot for Manny Machado

Jon Heyman



May 16, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) reacts after grounding out in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chicago Cubs will take a look at acquiring superstar shortstop Manny Machado, sources say. Machado was speculated by FRS Sports a few weeks back as a likely candidate for the Cubs, with Addison Russell seen as part of a possible package for the Orioles, and word now is that he is the Cubs’ main target at the deadline.

The Cubs are one of nine teams to talk to the Orioles about Machado over the winter when Baltimore was fielding offers – the others were the Phillies, Cardinals, White Sox, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Red Sox. The Dodgers might be the most logical landing spot for Machado due to the season-ending elbow injury to their star shortstop Corey Seager, but with the Dodgers in a situation where they have multiple issues in an awful, injury-wracked start, the Cubs could come to the forefront.

The Indians and perhaps the D-backs and Cardinals are among others who could be linked again to Machado. Most contending teams have shortstops (and for that matter third basemen), and teams generally aren’t anxious to do half-year rentals, but the Cubs look like a team that could fit if the Orioles have interest in Russell.

The Cubs could simply replace Russell with Machado, who has made clear here and elsewhere that shortstop is “where his heart is.” The Cubs have another excellent shortstop in Javier Baez, but he also happens to be a superb second baseman, maybe the best in baseball at that position, in fact.

The Cubs have hit better lately but they haven’t hit to their potential so far this year, as Anthony Rizzo, Russell and Ian Happ started slow. The Cubs have traded some of their top prospects in recent years to acquire Aroldis Chapman, Jose Quintana and others, and while they prefer players with years to go on their deals, they did trade for Chapman and are believed willing to bend that preference for a superstar such as Machado.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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  1. Sid Burstein

    May 17, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Surprisingly, Phillies May be the favorites here- Big time Baltimore presence there- including scout that signed him( now head of their minor league )-plus they have big time$$+ a system that could afford to give up prospects

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