I really can't understand how there could be a constituency for a move as foolish and short-sighted as trading Machado because he's not hitting .350.
I know that comparisons will be offered about "19 year-old Bryce Harper."
Harper hit .256/.329/.395 with 3 homers and 12 RBI in 37 AA games last year.
This April, he hit .250/.333/.375 with 1 homer and 3 RBI in 20 AAA games.
Machado has hit .249/.333/.375 with 4 homers and 28 RBI in 68 AA games. Above A-ball,Harper hit .254/.331/.388 with 4 homers and 15 RBI in 57 games.
Their minor league numbers are virtually identical in the high minors although Machado has more RBI and plays a tougher defensive position.
Did the freekin' Nats ever consider trading Harper?
Machado is "ours" and that's prima facie evidence that he's a doofus.
Harper is "theirs," so he might as well be inducted to the HOF this week.
"Trading Machado would be a foolish move unless we find a trade partner overvaluing him and overpaying at the same time."
Yup, probably not going to happen either. Like you said, we'll be seeing him in black and orange.
"Guaranteed Hall-of-Famer" Bryce Harper went 0-4 last night against the Orioles and in his first 48 ML games he's hitting a very solid .280/.362/.495.
Harper was, of course, the #1 overall draft pick in 2010. He won't turn 20 until mid-October.
"Overhyped" Manny Machado, the #3 overall pick in that 2010 draft, is still at AA (the level at which Harper played last fall) despite being MORE THAN 3 MONTHS OLDER THAN HARPER!
While Harper was playing before a sellout crowd at Camden Yards last night for the Nats (and getting the collar), Machado labored in obscurity for Bowie going 2-4 with a double, scoring a run, and picking up another RBI.
The Orioles' 2010 1st-rounder has now played 69 games in the "high minors."He's hit .253/.336/.381 with 4 homers and 29 RBI.
The Nationals' 2010 1st-rounder played 57 games in the "high minors."He hit .254/.331/.388 with 4 homers and 15 RBI.
Obviously, Harper is a genuinely fabulous player and Machado is "over-hyped."
"Trading Machado would be a foolish move. I really don't have much else to say on the matter."
My sentiments exactly. I hope that DD is not as knee jerk as some of our fan base.
"Machado is not putting up ARod type numbers the way the spin doctors in the front office told us he would "
Machado is 19 years old and doing a fine job considering his age (19) and the fact that he's playing at AA with much older players. I'm not at all worried about Manny. He's doing just what he's supposed to be doing. Once again though you show up and show how clueless you can be by making statements like you do.
To anyone being objective about this, I think it has FAR more to do with the fact that we're already loaded at short than it does his numbers at AA.
Hardy is outstanding with the glove, and has good pop in his bat (great for a short-stop, relatively), and is under 30.
Andino's natural position is short-stop... I just realized the abbreviation for this position is a dirty word in here, so I'm tortured to having to type the word in it's entirety. Great word filters in here *sarcasm intended*...
This makes Machado far more expendable than a prospect of his caliber would be otherwise. It would be myopic to just say "he's off the table", flat out, and not consider an offer for him if it could get us a top-tier, "proven" player at a position of need (3B, ace righty). And if we don't pull the trigger now and he flounders in the minors for another year (or two), the value will be gone. And this team is in a position to contend/win NOW, who knows where it will be 3-4 years from now when Machado is ML ready. And even then, will he be a better option than a guy with Gold Glover caliber defensive skills and 30 HR/season pop?... probably not. Only if he becomes the "A-Rod clone" we all desperately hope he can be. And what are the odds of that?... quite slim. So if we can get a proven, top tier player for him right now, to me the pot odds (poker players know of what I speak) are heavily in favor of taking it.
I couldn't care less if he was hitting .350 right now in AA instead of .250. Well, I'd only care because it would increase his value.
I hope DD is not as short sighted as the posters in here as well...