Addison Russell

Taking a hard — and realistic — look at the Orioles' trade possibilities with Manny Machado

Taking a hard — and realistic — look at the Orioles' trade possibilities with Manny Machado

The Orioles have reached Memorial Day, and with it, the end of the self-imposed two-month stretch to gauge whether this team is built to win in 2018.

Now, that doesn’t mean the Orioles will suddenly unload pending free agents starting today. It doesn’t mean Manny Machado will be in a new uniform by the end of the week, by the end of July or for that matter by the end of this season. It only means that this is the time executive vice president Dan Duquette set to assess this club and choose the direction it should go.

The club could hold Machado until the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline, when contenders are more clearly established, but that also comes with the risk that...

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