Red Sox to make blockbuster trade to acquire an All-Star third baseman?

Brian Hines
Contributing Writer

Photo Courtesy of Joy R. Absalon
Manny Machado and the Red Sox haven't exactly gotten along this season, but the two could be a match made in heaven on the field.

The Red Sox are "desperately" looking for the answer at third base, and the struggling Orioles could be labeled as sellers during the upcoming trade deadline. Machado, who is under team control through 2018, has shown no indication of resigning in Baltimore.

Enter Boston.

In a recent appearance on "SportsCenter," Buster Olney speculated the Red Sox and Orioles could work out a deal revolving around the All-Star third baseman.

“If you know you’re probably not going to win in 2018,” Olney said, “you might as well put Machado out there and see if you can draw a big offer from a team like the Red Sox, who right now have a big hole at third base. 

“They have this terrific high-end prospect, Rafael Devers, down in their system, and maybe you coax the Red Sox into putting Devers on the table for a year and a half of Manny Machado. It’s something the Orioles should at least explore.”

Machado has hit just .238, but his 18 home runs is more than any current Red Sox. He is still viewed as one of the best, if not the best, two-way third baseman in all of baseball.

Devers, the No. 12 overall prospect in baseball, has been labeled the Red Sox next franchise third baseman. A recent report came out stating the Red Sox would not deal Devers at the deadline, but for a player like Machado, perhaps the mind set could change.

Trading a player like Machado to a division rival would be tough for Baltimore, but they should at least inquire based on what Boston could send back. If Dave Dombrowski truly believes this move could put Boston over the top, perhaps he could strike a blockbuster type deal.