Reports surfaced Tuesday afternoon that Baltimore Orioles star shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado is likely being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Well, that made for a very unusual situation Tuesday night. Machado played in the MLB All-Star Game, wearing an Orioles uniform for the AL team.

And in the sixth inning, Ken Rosenthal interviewed Machado on the live Fox broadcast. Rosenthal told Machado, “Every indication that you’re getting traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers,” and asked Machado how he’s dealing with the weird situation.

Immediately after the interview concluded (literally seconds later), Rosenthal jumped on Twitter and said that he “can report with more certainty: Machado to Dodgers happening.”

So, Rosenthal and Machado both *surely* knew it was a done deal during that interview. Did Machado inform Rosenthal? Or did Rosenthal inform Machado?  It would’ve been fun to see that exchange.

We’ll likely learn more details about the trade in the coming hours, but for now we know that — barring any issues with the physicals, etc — the Dodgers will soon be adding Machado and his .963 OPS to their roster (they don’t *need* him as much as a few contenders, but he’ll definitely help them). And 21-year-old prospect Yusniel Diaz — he homered twice in Sunday’s Futures Game — appears to be the main piece headed back to Baltimore.

UPDATE: More details on the potential prospects involved in the trade.


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1 thought on “Ken Rosenthal interviews Manny Machado on live TV, tweets seconds later that Machado will be traded to Dodgers

  1. Gee, I missed that interview because I turned off the game in the second inning. It was unwatchable. Interviews on the field and with players while playing, players taking selfies on the field, and, most of all, Smoltz and Buck talking about everything but the game we were trying to watch, and doing it incessantly. I think the ASG has reached Pro Bowl irrelevance.

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