The Manny Machado trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers seemed imminent during last night's All-Star Game. I'm sure when almost all sports fans woke up this morning, they expected the Machado trade, and not the Kawhi Leonard trade, would be the one completed over night.
Instead, Kawhi is a Toronto Raptor, and Machado remains a Baltimore Oriole... for now.
Last night, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Machado-to-L.A. trade was "happening." Machado seemed to be aware of the deal during the All-Star Game as well; he went as far as to take a selfie with friend and future Dodger teammate Matt Kemp on the field in the middle of an inning.
Young outfielder Yusniel Diaz is reportedly the centerpiece of the deal heading back to Baltimore. However, things hit a "snag" this afternoon, as there are health concerns with some of the pieces coming form the Dodgers system, per former Mets general manager and MLB Network Radio contributor Steve Phillips.
There may be a hold-up, but according to MASN Orioles reporter Roch Kubatko, the Manny Machado trade is still in line to happen.
Earlier this evening, he tweeted that the medical issues have been "all but addressed."
The Machado trade gives the Dodgers one of the best bats in baseball to add to the lineup.
The 26-year old is in his sixth year in the majors. In the first half, he slashed .315/.387/.575 this season with 24 home runs and 65 RBI.
On Tuesday night, he played in his fourth All-Star Game, starting at shortstop for the American League in its 8-6 win.
Stay tuned. This one should be done very soon based on everything we've heard.