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A "Clear Favorite" Has Emerged To Trade For Manny Machado

manny machado speaks to reporters after an orioles game

The NBA is the league getting most of the attention right now when it comes to stars potentially changing teams, but one of the MLB's best players might be on the move, too. His name: Manny Machado.

The Baltimore Orioles are one of the worst teams the league has seen in recent years and Machado is set to become a free agent this winter. He needs to be moved. There are several teams interested in making a move for the All-Star infielder.

One team has emerged as the clear favorite, though.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly "poised" to make a move for Machado, according to USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale.

The Orioles have reportedly been scouting the Dodgers' system, too.

From USA TODAY:

They are poised to land Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado.

This is the one player on the trade market who can singlehandedly change the playoff landscape, and several Major League Baseball executives and scouts told USA TODAY Sports that the Dodgers have emerged as the clear-front favorites to land Machado.

The market is just starting to move now, a high-ranking Orioles executive said, and the Orioles have responded by pulling several of their professional scouts away from major-league coverage to spend time in the minor leagues scouting prospects.

The Dodgers are 42-36 on the season, 2.5 games back in the NL West.

Machado, 25, is hitting .302 with 19 home runs and 55 RBI. He's struggled more than expected with the move to shortstop, but still possesses the ability to be an elite infielder.

Los Angeles would also possess the kind of money it will take to sign Machado this winter.

Stay tuned.