As reports emerge that Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado could soon be traded within the next 24 hours, the feeling seems to have sunk in for the All-Star shortstop.
On Tuesday, Machado talked with reporters about the rumors swirling around his status. The 26-year-old, who has spent his entire career with the Orioles, now seems ready for the inevitable change.
Manny Machado just stopped by, and he said he’s seeing the reports of Dodgers and thinks/assumes they’re right (tho he said he doesn’t know for sure). The Miami product who’s been an Orioles his whole career said: “It’ll be different. But different can be good.”
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 17, 2018
It will indeed be a very different experience for Machado. Moving from Baltimore to Los Angeles will provide a major transition and could be even more beneficial for a player looking to market himself before free agency.
More importantly, the shortstop moves could be potentially going from a 28-win team to a ball club with almost double that win total. As a result, the change should allow him to potentially experience the postseason.
Adjustments can be tough, especially the first few weeks in a new city and clubhouse. Fortunately, it should be a much better environment for Machado.