Well Machado should’ve been dealt the offseason before but somehow we were still going for it with a team that actually won 47 games. The only thing bad I could say about what DD did in the Machado trade, is that he should’ve gotten more A ball players versus trying to get players that were closer to being ready. However, The Dodgers had just spent $50+ million on Diaz, Pop was 20, and Kremer was leading all of milb in SO.
Oh, absolutely. The O’s were leading the division by six games when this news broke. It stung pretty badly to lose Manny in that situation. As it turns out, the team played well without him for the rest of the regular season. But we’ll always wonder if he could have made a difference in that KC series, if he’d managed to rehab and return to the field. Some posters faulted him for not acceding to the team’s wishes. Not me though.