The Yankees are trying to make a push to acquire Manny Machado

Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado

As the end of July comes close and closer, trade talks for Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado will continue to heat up.

Wrap all that up into one pending free agent and you have the most attractive pennant-chase rental in recent memory, with his pending trade such a foregone conclusion that Machado seems to be already saying his goodbyes.

But, at this point, the Cubs can't afford to go all-in on trading for Machado. Why? Machado is in the final year of his contract and has put up some gaudy numbers thus far (.313 average, .383 OBP, 21 home runs, 60 RBI). The New York Yankees aren't content to sign Machado during the offseason, the team reportedly is trying to get him right now. That died down slightly after the club got off to a slow start, but with Los Angeles back in contention, Machado makes plenty of sense.

It could come down to the availability of the Dodgers' top-two prospects Alex Verdugo and Keibert Ruiz along with No. 8 youngster Yadier Alvarez. While it is not known as of yet if any combination of the three promising talents has been offered, it would be a lot to give up for three months of Machado before he hits free agency.

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Should the Orioles trade Machado to a National League team before the All-Star Game, he would be ineligible to play in the game, but could be introduced.

The Yankees have shown "increased interest" in dealing for Machado, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It would be safe to assume that Gleyber Torres would be off the table.

Machado would add even more to a NY lineup that has an embarrassment of riches in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

Rosenthal previously speculated that the Boston Red Sox could look into Machado.

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The problem is that they might not have anywhere to put him. While he's fought through a awful slump, he still has 15 home runs this year. He'd be an upgrade over shortstop Didi Gregorius or third baseman Miguel Andujar, but both players have been productive this season.

As for the fans, Machado said, "They've always supported me throughout the good and the bad" as he thanked them for voting him into the All-Star Game.

But the Yankees could lose out on the dark-horse Brewers that are coming on very strong lately. Brad Miller is promising though, and if the Brewers get Manny Machado, I'd like to see Miller getting regular playing time by splitting second base with Jonathan Villar and occasionally taking over Machado's shortstop position when he needs a day off. Morosi noted that the Brewers' depth has made Keon Broxton, Domingo Santana and Orlando Arcia expendable.

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