Manny Machado at the 2018 All-Star Game. Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League infielder Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (13) talks on a cell before the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been long expected that Baltimore Orioles’ shortstop Manny Machado would be heading to the Los Angeles Dodgers, with that even coming up during the All-Star Game broadcast Tuesday night, but the deal became official Wednesday. In return for Machado, the Dodgers are sending the Orioles five prospects, led by double-A outfielder Yusniel Diaz and also including double-A pitcher Dean Kremer, class-A pitcher Zach Pop, class-A infielder Rylan Bannon and triple-A utility player Breyvic Valera. But there are plenty of takes on if that was enough of a return or not. First, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan argued that the Orioles did pretty well:

FanGraphs’ Dan Syzmborski also offered a take along those lines:

And The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal noted that this return is only for half a season of Machado, as he’s a free agent after the year:

So this doesn’t seem terrible for the Orioles, all things considered. But they are going to be tough to watch this year:

We’ll see how this deal works out for everyone in the end. But at the moment, it seems like something that could help both teams. The contending Dodgers acquired one of the best players in the game, and did so without giving up anyone on their major-league roster. Meanwhile, the Orioles pulled in a reasonably-decent return for a half-season rental. If those prospects turn into anything, it will look even better for them. But even if the prospects don’t work out, Baltimore certainly wasn’t in contention this year, and Machado probably wasn’t sticking around after that. We’ll see how it winds up, but this is a deal that could work for both sides.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.