The Orioles missed their ideal window for trading Manny Machado, which would have been last offseason so the acquiring team would have gotten a whole year of playing time plus the potential to get a draft pick as compensation when he hits free agency this winter. Waiting until there is less than half a season left for the acquiring team led to fewer interested teams and generally lower market valuations on him, with teams refusing to part with their No. 1 prospects. And indeed, the Orioles did not get the Dodgers' best prospect, or their second-best one, instead getting a quantity return that might yield four or five big leaguers but seems unlikely to give them back a star.
9hJeff Wagenheim and Marc Raimondi
9hLeonard Hamilton, as told to Andrea Adelson