1. Manny Machado
Until Manny Machado is playing for a team that is not the Los Angeles Dodgers, they will continue to be considered the favorite to land him. Machado is the biggest prize on the trade block this summer, and of all the contenders in the league, the Dodgers have the biggest need at shortstop. All the big contenders are gearing up to make a run at the four-time All-Star, but Los Angeles remains the most logical fit.
The most likely landing spots for Machado seem to be narrowed down to the Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies. The interest from the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox should be nothing more than big-market teams with deep pockets doing their due diligence. The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are probably out as well. That really does leave the Dodgers with the best chance to trade for Machado and give the Orioles what they want.
Machado is the only real impact bat on the trade market this year, and he is certainly going into the deadline on a hot streak. He is hitting .314/.385/.574 with 23 home runs and 63 RBI. Machado remains adamant about his desire to continue playing shortstop, and the Dodgers can offer him that ability (not that he really has any control over the situation once he is traded).
The Dodgers came a game within winning their first World Series since 1988 last year and must do everything in their power to bring it home this year. Now is not the time to balk at the demands of the Orioles. Sweeten the pot and acquire Britton as well, and go forward as one of the strongest contenders in the National League.