In assenting to Manny Machado's request to spend his last year before free agency at shortstop, the Orioles have showed their hand on several facets of their short- and long-term planning around their star.
Machado playing shortstop won't dramatically change the composition of the 2018 Orioles — he's really just swapping positions with Tim Beckham. But there's a lot that goes into it, and the impact could spread far beyond that pair.
Here are five pieces of fallout from the move announced Saturday at FanFest, from the actual defensive impact to the possible ripples on Machado and Beckham's futures and the free-agent market.
They might have their best defender...