If you listen to oddsmakers and some baseball insiders, the idea of the Miami Marlins landing soon-to-be free agent Manny Machado is not as far-fetched as it would seem.
Ok, let me put a disclaimer on this story before we go any further. I wrote a story a week ago here on Marlin Maniac that the Miami Marlins will not sign slugger Manny Machado this offseason to add power to the team’s lineup. Apparently, I could be wrong.
Yes, it happens sometimes. In reality, there are some in the “know” who think the Marlins landing the Hialeah native is more than just chance. If you ask the oddsmakers in Las Vegas, they give this organization more than just a fighter’s chance. I personally still do not see it happening.
"As David Selig of sun-sentinel.com wrote, “The website SportsBettingDime.com released various early 2019 MLB odds on Monday, and they offer a 12/1 proposition on the Miami-raised Machado signing with his hometown team.”"
Those are pretty good odds. But with the contract demands Machado and his agent may want, it seems more like a pipe dream.
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"“The free-agent shortstop is given 5/2 odds to sign with the Yankees, who already lost Didi Gregorius to an injury,” Selig added. “After them, only the Phillies (3/1) and Angels (9/1) have better odds than the Marlins to land Machado, according to Sports Betting Dime. They also give the Braves and Dodgers 12/1 odds in that sweepstakes.”"
If you were watching the World Series, you saw Machado swing and miss to strikeout and hand the championship to the Boston Red Sox. If the deal were to happen, it would signal many things to come with this organization.
The 25-year-old Machado made $16 million last season between the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. He would command more money on the open market.
How do the Marlins figure to sign the third baseman/shortstop and reach a long-term deal with catcher J.T. Realmuto, who is scheduled to go to arbitration?
If he moves over to third base, will Brian Anderson open the 2019 season in right field?
Does this also mean second baseman Starlin Castro is dealt this offseason to add more cash to the Marlins’ vault?
Adding Machado to the Marlins lineup would be a huge “win” for the organization and may help bring back some of the fanbase that was nonexistent last season.