March 25, 2012; Clearwater, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado in the field during the bottom of the first inning of a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
During trade talks teams keep asking the Baltimore Orioles about top prospects Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado, reports Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com. While he’s not surprised this is the case, Melewski says he would be shocked if the Orioles trade either player.
No shock but told that in trade talks other teams keep asking about D. Bundy & Machado. The shock would be if the O's parted with either.— Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) June 20, 2012
Machado and Bundy were the Orioles first selections in the 2010 and 2011 MLB Drafts. Each is 19 years old, and they were considered the 10th and 11th best prospects in all of baseball entering the 2012 season by Baseball America.
Bundy dominated Low-A hitters, not surrendering an earned run over his eight starts spanning 30 innings, before he was promoted to High-A. Machado is playing shortstop for the Orioles Double-A affiliate as a teenager.
The Orioles currently find themselves in an unfamiliar position, nine games over .500 approaching the All-Star break. This unexpected start has some considering the Orioles as potential buyers this summer.
While they have said they are looking to bolster their starting rotation, it doesn’t appear Baltimore is looking to make a major splash that would require trading either Bundy or Machado. The issue with the Orioles farm system is that there are very few players to get excited about beyond the top two.