Who will play shortstop? Along with the Machado trade talk that emerged at the winter meetings, there was also the All-Star’s desire to shift to shortstop from third base this season. Machado had made his desire to play shortstop known at the end of last season, and it’s believed he didn’t do so earlier out of respect for veteran J.J. Hardy, who had been a mentor to Machado. The Orioles, however, acquired Tim Beckham at the trade deadline with the idea he would man the position for the next three years that he is under team control. Now that it appears Machado won’t be dealt, it leaves a conundrum for Showalter, one he’s said is a good problem to have. Even though Machado won’t be at the event, Showalter has kept in touch with both Machado and Beckham, because he doesn’t want doubt about who is playing shortstop lurking going into spring training. If Machado does move to short, the question is who plays third? Would it be Beckham, or would he buy into a role where he plays all over the field, including the outfield, to help keep other veterans fresh?