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Grantland: "A Manny Among Men"


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Grantland has a story up about the ten second half story lines that intrigue them the most. Surprise, surprise: two of them are about how the Red Sox and Yankees will do in the second half. But then there's this:

A Manny Among Men

Manny Machado turned 23 on Monday, and because he's a kind and caring soul, he celebrated by giving gifts to all of us: the 18th homer of his 2015 season and the second All-Star berth of his young career. Those small tokens of affection have become increasingly common in recent weeks, as Machado has regained the form that had people mentioning him two years ago alongside Mike Trout and Bryce Harper as one of the game's brightest young stars.

On top of those 18 boppers, Machado has 13 steals, 53 runs, and his now customary gaggle of web gems. But he also has something else: maturity. It's hard to imagine the Machado taking the field today throwing the kind of mind-boggling tantrums that earned him ignominy and punishment last season. He's focused, overcoming an unfortunate early-season error barrage to regain his easy grace at the hot corner; he's confident, seemingly running and swinging without fear of injury after undergoing season-ending knee surgeries in consecutive seasons; he's even married!

And if he keeps this up, he's also on his way to earning some MVP votes. According to Baseball-Reference, Machado is currently third in WAR among AL position players (behind Trout and Jason Kipnis) and first in the AL in Power-Speed Number. He can appeal to the Trout contingent that seeks to reward the most well-rounded and productive player in the game, and to the Cabrera contingent that seeks to reward value to the team. Because as much as Machado has given to the fans, he's given more to the Orioles: The gulf between Baltimore's playoff chances with and without him is as wide as Machado's smile.

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/2015-mlb-shootaround-10-most-intriguing-second-half-story-lines/

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Time to throw an obscene amount of money at Manny and lock him up for a long time.

I am on board for this.

If Manny finishes the year healthy and on a reasonably similar trajectory to what we have seen this season then he becomes your 1st priority to lock up and the piece from which you build your offense around IMO over the longterm. Question is what will it take? Trout got 6/144. Thinking 6/120 is a starting point?

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I am on board for this.

If Manny finishes the year healthy and on a reasonably similar trajectory to what we have seen this season then he becomes your 1st priority to lock up and the piece from which you build your offense around IMO over the longterm. Question is what will it take? Trout got 6/144. Thinking 6/120 is a starting point?

Paging Frobby.. He's great at breaking down contract extensions.

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