Jordan Walden

If Orioles trade Manny Machado, the move would be unprecedented

If Orioles trade Manny Machado, the move would be unprecedented

Some fans might still find it hard to wrap their heads around the idea that the Orioles are moving toward trading cornerstone third baseman Manny Machado. And that’s because not often is a player who has accomplished so much at such a young age moved to another team in advance of him becoming a free agent.

The numbers-driven people at FanGraphs put that into a quantitative perspective earlier this week, detailing that Machado would become the first player with a career WAR (wins above replacement) of at least 25.4 to be traded before his age-25 season since Shoeless Joe Jackson was dealt from the Philadelphia Athletics to the Cleveland Naps in 1910.

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