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Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where Manny Machado is the talk of the town

The Orioles might trade Manny Machado, and if they do why stop there? Also an Orioles minor leaguer was suspended for taking a banned substance.

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Good day, Camden Chatters. Are you managing to stay warm in this frigid weather? It’s brutal out there. Unless you live in Hawaii I guess.

There are now 104 days until Opening Day, which is a lot. But there are only two days until the new Star Wars movie comes out, so that’s exciting! We have a FanPost up if you want to talk about that.

If you missed the big Orioles news out of the winter meetings, it’s that the Orioles are considering trading Manny Machado. That’s a sad and scary idea for a number of reasons, even if it might be the right thing to do. The fact that Dan Duquette said that the Orioles have not talked to Machado about a possible extension in two years seems to be the nail in the coffin for the idea that he might stay here beyond next season.

For the first time in a long time, there are lots of news stories about the Orioles out there today. 98% of them are about Machado, so let’s start there.

Baltimore Orioles may move Manny Machado to shortstop if he's not traded - ESPN
Now that J.J. Hardy is gone, there is no obstacle keeping Machado from playing shortstop. The Orioles are "listening, not shopping" Machado. (Warning: Auto Play Video)

Orioles knew they’d lose Manny Machado one day. Now they may trade him. - The Washington Post
Could the Phillies possibly be the front runners? That doesn't make sense to me.

Trading Machado a real consideration for the Orioles - Baltimore Sun
When the local guys are getting on to the story, you know something is up.

The 29 Trades of Manny Machado (AL East edition) - Camden Depot
Who could the Orioles get back from the teams in the A.L. East if they trade Machado?

Where Would Manny Machado Best Fit? | FanGraphs Baseball
On the Orioles (sob)

Baltimore Orioles Have Inquired About Pitcher Gerrit Cole - The Baltimore Wire
The Orioles are trying to trade for some pitchers it seems, between this and the Matt Harvey rumors. But who do they have to trade?

Baltimore Students Hang With Orioles Players At Annual Christmas Party « CBS Baltimore
No one knows what will happen with the Orioles next year, but right now some of our guys are hanging with kids in Baltimore for a Christmas party. Do you even need to ask if Trey Mancini was there? Of course he was.

Baltimore Orioles minor leaguer Steve Wilkerson suspended 50 games for amphetamine - ESPN
Steve Wilkerson, no! You're supposed to be the next Ryan Flaherty!

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two old-timey Orioles birthday buddies. Billy Loes was a pitcher for the Orioles from 1956-59, mostly out of the bullpen. He made his only All-Star Game in 1957. Hank Majeski had a 13-year MLB career that ended with 16 games with the 1955 Birds.