Machado, who is expected to be traded in advance of the July 31 deadline, is currently in Washington D.C., representing the Orioles at the All-Star Game festivities. Yet Machado is not expected to be a member of the O's once their season resumes on Friday, according to CBS Sports HQ baseball insider Jim Bowden. Here's what Bowden said (video):
Manny Machado will be traded prior to the Orioles' next game after the All-Star Break. So this deal is going to go down, per my sources who have always been very accurate here.
Bowden also shared that assertion on his Twitter account:
While Bowden is unsure where Machado will head, he confirmed what many, including Rich Kubatko of MASN, had reported: Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers are involved in the sweepstakes. (Note that there were rumors earlier on Monday, since shot down by beat reporters, that the Phillies had reached an agreement on a deal.)
Machado entered the break hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs. He's stated his preference is to remain at shortstop. Regardless of his defensive position, any team acquiring Machado is certain to slot him into the middle of their order.