Rumors yesterday suggest that seven teams have made offers for Manny Machado, the Indians being one of them. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the Orioles would (unsurprisingly) “love” to land Francisco Mejia in a trade. Cafardo also hears that if Machado is dealt, lefty reliever Zach Britton is likely to be included in the trade. Buster Olney of ESPN says it would be “malpractice” for the Indians to give up big prospects for Machado, citing the O’s current asking price. Olney believes the Indians should only trade for Machado if his market collapses and the O’s are forced to settle for any return better than the draft pick compensation that they’d reap if he remains with the team through season’s end.
A few more quick Tribe tidbits from around baseball this morning…
- Speaking of Olney, he also says that the Indians had an opportunity to trade for Aroldis Chapman at the 2016 deadline. Obviously they passed, and opted for the more controllable Andrew Miller instead. No word on what the Yankees’ asking price was for Chapman.
- After beginning the season at a 0.3 fWAR value across the first two months, Rajai Davis has been worth nearly a win above replacement since the beginning of June; he’s now rated at 0.5 fWAR on the season. That’s not great by any means, but it’s a welcome value for an Indians outfield that has struggled to find health and consistency.
- Jason Kipnis has reportedly been dealing with hamstring tightness, leading to him sitting on the bench in today’s game. If he ends up on the disabled list, is it the beginning of the end for him? The club owes him $14.5MM next season and will almost certainly decline his club option if he can’t turn it around. Yandy Diaz is rotting away in Triple-A, with a .290 batting average and a whopping .424 on-base percentage. He hits for almost no power, but it’s beginning to look like he’d be an improvement over Kipnis in the lineup.
- All-Stars will be announced tonight. As Jordan Bastian of MLB.com notes, Corey Kluber, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez are virtual locks. Trevor Bauer absolutely deserves to make the cut as the best pitcher in the American league so far this season (by fWAR, at least), and Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley have at least an outside shot.