Orioles have no problem trading Manny Machado within division

Schoop and Machado

Schoop and Machado

With the non-waiver trade deadline approaching, the date set for July 31, this social media gesture is explosive for baseball fans and feeds the rumors about where Machado might go next, according to WJZ media partner The Baltimore Sun. The Dodgers, unwilling to part with Lux or another Orioles target, High A right-hander Dustin May, are pursuing other veteran infielders, as first reported by Yahoo's Jeff Passan, while remaining in the mix for Machado. National baseball writer Ken Rosenthal reported on Friday that the Phillies have increased their offer to the Orioles (see story). The dude is only 23 years old.

The Machado sweepstakes only will heat up as the deadline approaches, and who wins the bidding still is up in the air, but these three teams are in pole position as the All-Star break nears. While the Yankees have one of the strongest farm systems in baseball to fall back on in trade talks, the same can not be said about Boston.

Now in a contract year, the 26-year-old Machado is hitting.313 with 23 homers and 64 RBI on the season.

Is trading one of your best young players to a division rival for a few months of Machado really worth it?

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Torres was recently named to the American League's All-Star team, but will not participate in the festivities due to a minor hip injury.

While the Phillies are not willing to give up top prospect Sixto Sanchez, they have a ton of other young players to offer Baltimore in a deal. The Yankees also need an added rotation piece if they wish to bolster their chances at a World Series run come October.

After that, Machado is free to sign with whatever team offers him the most money, which at the pace he's playing at right now could be upwards of $400 million.

That remains the ($400) million dollar question.

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