The way everyone was talking during Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, the Orioles trading Manny Machado to the Dodgers was so inevitable that nothing could stop it or even halt it, with Machado himself even seeming to get a kick out of posing for photos with future Dodgers teammates.
It took a little while to get there, with an adventure on Wednesday afternoon with reports about the Orioles having concerns about the medicals of at least one of the players they were expected to get back from the Dodgers.
If you were busy working, you missed the minor drama entirely, and it’s all settled now, with MASN’s Roch Kubatko the first to report on the expected contours of a deal that will see the Orioles get five players from the Dodgers in exchange for their star infielder. Earlier medical concerns had been “all but addressed,” according to Kubatko.
Who exactly will be in the trade is a question for later. Kubatko added, though, that two players whose names had come up in the process, Dustin May and Gavin Lux, are not in the final deal.
Everyone who was concerned about whether the report of physical issues can let out a breath. As Wednesday dragged along and there was no news from the Warehouse, or even a hint of news, you had to start to wonder if something weird was about to happen. Sure enough, it seems like something weird has happened.
Former MLB GM and current MLB Network Radio host Steve Phillips was the first to suggest that the dreaded Orioles physical had reared its ugly head in the Machado trade process. He said that “one or more prospects” in the deal had some issues with their medical information and speculated that this could have opened the door for other teams to get back involved in the process.
This was not the kind of scoop that was immediately confirmed by every baseball reporter in existence. Later on Wednesday afternoon, though, Fancred’s Jon Heyman came along to offer more detail about what was going on with the Machado trade and he confirmed that there was some medical issue:
the medical holdup in the Machado trade isn't over top OF prospect Yusniel Diaz, the key prospect in the trade and one real name that's out there & confirmed. since it's apparently over a complementary piece (at least compared to Diaz), the chances to work it out are much better.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 18, 2018
A variety of names have floated up as possible pieces who might be included in the deal and Heyman is correct to note that outfielder Yusniel Diaz is the only one that’s been a constant in all rumored trade packages.
Diaz apparently even posted a thank you to the Dodgers organization and a welcome to the Orioles organization on his Instagram page on Wednesday afternoon before the post was quickly deleted. Perhaps someone with the Dodgers jumped the gun on making official notifications to players, forgetting that the Orioles are the Orioles and things can always get weird.
After a tense few hours for fans who were paying very close attention to the whole saga, it is settled now. The where is settled and the when is mostly settled, and now it’s just left to find out who exactly the Orioles will get back. Diaz, presumably, and four more players.
Story has been updated to reflect resolved concerns about medical issues.