Machado's play on the field had made him one of the game's brightest stars, and even though the Orioles have made an unprecedented effort to keep the club's core intact for the long term, the reality remains that rare stars like Machado don't always stay in one place for long. And free agency looms in two years. That means Lutwin's father, Ivan, has prepared his daughter for a discussion, just like the one his father had with him when his favorite player growing up, Mookie Wilson, was traded
There's still a few weeks remaining in the Orioles' offseason, but even with the roster not necessarily finished, the re-signing of slugger Mark Trumbo to a three-year contract makes clear that their core beliefs haven't changed.
Monday's deadline for free agents to accept or decline qualifying offers from their previous teams set the majority of the offseason market, giving teams a clear idea of who they could potentially target and what it might cost to do so.