Machin appears to have even greater job security with the trade of Jorge Mateo to the Padres on Tuesday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

Machin's quest to go from Rule 5 pick to a potential Opening Day roster spot received a boost with the move of Mateo, with whom he was in a heated battle when spring training was suspended. Mateo's elite speed notwithstanding, Machin arguably had pulled even with him by hitting .333 over 15 Cactus League games and demonstrating an ability to fill in all over the infield. The easing of a logjam at second base via the trade -- where Franklin Barreto and Tony Kemp still project to primarily split time -- appears to leave Machin with solid job security entering summer camp, especially with rosters expanded to 30 players for the first two weeks of the regular season.

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