The Los Angeles Dodgers won the Manny Machado sweepstakes, getting the prized All-Star shortstop from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade Wednesday night.
The Orioles received five prospects: outfielder Yusniel Diaz, righthander Dean Kremer, third baseman Rylan Bannon, righty Zach Pop and third baseman Breyvic Valera.
Machado, a 26-year-old power hitter with extraordinary fielding skills, greatly improves the Dodgers' chances of reaching the World Series for a second consecutive year. He led Baltimore in batting average (.315), home runs (24) and RBI (65).
Machado is expected to be introduced in Milwaukee on Friday before the Dodgers play the Brewers, one of the other teams that wanted him.
His contract expires at the end of the season, and the last-place Orioles decided against negotiating an expensive, multiyear extension because they have too many holes as the team moves into a rebuilding mode.
Though only a summer rental, Machado was coveted by a variety of contenders, including Milwaukee, Philadelphia, the Chicago Cubs and Arizona.
Diaz, 21, hit two home runs in Sunday's All-Star Futures Game. Baltimore Executive VP Dan Duquette said Valera will be sent to Class AAA Norfolk, and the other four players will be sent to Class AA Bowie.
Angels praise Trout
The Los Angeles Angels publicly praised Mike Trout "for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion," a day after Commissioner Rob Manfred said the two-time AL MVP would be an even bigger star if he would spend more time marketing himself.
The team released a statement congratulating the 26-year-old on his performance in the All-Star Game, then extolled the time he spends visiting hospitals, schools and charities and the quality time he spends with family.
"We applaud him for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion," the statement said. "That is rare in today's society and stands out as much as his extraordinary talent."
A day earlier, Manfred said MLB was interested in having players more engaged and in helping players develop their individual brands.
Manfred said Trout chooses not to spend his down time marketing.
"Mike's a great, great player and a really nice person, but he's made certain decisions about what he wants to do and what he doesn't want to do, and how he wants to spend his free time and how he doesn't want to spend his free time," Manfred said. "That's up to him."