ESPN Baltimore Orioles infielder Manny Machado has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package of five prospects, according to multiple reports. The players Los Angeles will be sending to Baltimore include outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-hander Dean Kremer, third baseman Ryan Bannon, right-handed reliever Zach Pop and third baseman Breyvic Valera. Diaz, a 21-year-old Double-A outfielder, hit two home runs in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game, becoming just the second player in the game’s history to homer twice.
It was rumored all week that the Baltimore Orioles would trade Manny Machado on Wednesday, the day after he played in the All Star Game, and that the Los Angeles Dodgers were in the lead to acquire the star shortstop. Manny Machado is only 26-years-old, and he is enjoying his best season as a pro with 23 home runs and 64 RBIs at the break, while several experts think the Dodgers acquisition of Machado makes them World Series favorites. Of course, landing Manny Machado did not come cheap for the Dodgers, it cost them five prospects including 21-year-old Yusniel Diaz, one of the top prospects in baseball who just hit two home runs in the All Star Futures Game.