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Bob Levey/Getty ImagesIt's not often that Major League Baseball sees a seismic move prior to the trade deadline Greg Luzinski Jersey , but that will be the case this season as it looks like Baltimore Orioles slugger Manny Machado is headed out of town.Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, "the Baltimore Orioles, barring a last minute snag, will trade All-Star shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday."While the biggest name on the trading block appears to be off the table, a few other notable players should be on the move. You can take a look at three of them below. J.A. HappAt 43-52, the Toronto Blue Jays are playing out the string. They sit 23.5 games back in the American League East race and 14 behind the Seattle Mariners for the AL's second wild-card spot.Therefore, it's no surprise that their No. 1 pitcher, J.A. Happ, could be headed out as the Blue Jays look toward the future. Per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, "there is definite interest" in the southpaw.While Happ has done fairly well this year (121 strikeouts in 106 innings, 4.02 FIP per Baseball Reference), a glance at the Phillies' depth chart reveals that bullpen help may be a bigger need. Salisbury noted the Phils are interested in Orioles lefty reliever Zach Britton (more on that in a minute), and that would likely take precedence over any Happ deal.However, Happ would give the Phils their only lefty in the starting rotation, and he would presumably be the team's No. 3 starter behind ace Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta.Philadelphia would then have a good problem on its hands, as it would have four solid candidates (Zach Eflin, Enyel De Los Santos, Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta) for the final two rotation spots during the stretch run.Presumably, De Los Santos, a 22-year-old prospect with just two starts under his belt http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authen...hek-jersey , would be an odd man out, leaving three right-handers for two roles.It's never much of a problem to have an overabundance of pitching options, so the surprising Phillies would be set up quite well for a playoff race should they land Happ.Zach BrittonBaltimore Orioles left-hander Zach Britton was the subject of trade rumors last year, but nothing ever materialized.Given how poorly Baltimore has done this year (28-69), one has to figure that he'll be on the move as the team begins an extensive rebuilding process.A few rumors have been reported.Per Bruce Levine of 670 The Score, "the Cubs are one of eight contending teams talking to the Baltimore Orioles about reliever Zach Britton, according to a source."Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia added some information about the Phillies' interest in the left-hander:Jim Salisbury JSalisburyNBCSI am getting the vibe that the Phillies are angling to land Machado AND Britton is same deal. VaSulQpHjnAt his best, Britton was one of the best relievers in the game. According to Baseball Reference, Britton earned 120 saves in addition to a microscopic 1.38 ERA from 2014-2016. He was also called upon nearly every other day, as the O's reliever made 204 appearances.However, Britton has battled injuries over the past two years, notably forearm tightness in 2017 and a ruptured Achilles tendon that kept him out for the first part of the 2018 campaign.Since his 2016 campaign, which saw Britton post a 0.54 ERA and 47 saves, the southpaw has fallen back to Earth a bit to the tune of a 3.19 ERA. However, if Britton stays healthy, gets into a groove and returns closer to his mid-decade form, then whichever team gets him at the deadline will receive a tremendous asset toward the stretch run.Jeurys FamiliaPer Buster Olney of ESPN, New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia could be going elsewhere:Buster Olney Buster_ESPNNL teams appear to be at the forefront of the talks about the Mets Jeurys Familia, who is among the best available relievers. Phillies interested (although they may wait until Britton/Machado talks resolved), Giants Mitch Williams Jersey , etc.The Mets' season has been an absolute disaster, as they sit in last place in the National League East with a 39-55 record. The issue is that the team needs to undergo a massive organizational rebuild, as the farm system isn't stacked with potential MLB prospects. Of note, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com ranked the Mets' farm 26th out of 30 MLB teams prior to the season.At this point, the Mets need to go on a fire sale, which is why trading Familia makes sense. For the season, the 28-year-old has 17 saves and a 2.88 ERA.Either the aforementioned Phillies or Giants can work: Both teams could use relief help, although Philly's bullpen ERA ranks in the bottom half of the league (4.08, which is 17th). The Phils may be more desperate than San Francisco to make a move for Familia.Ultimately, don't expect Familia to be a Met by the end of the month. He's likely joining a team in the middle of a playoff race. HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros entered the AL Championship Series aching.Jose Altuve was playing on just one good knee, Carlos Correa’s back was never right and Lance McCullers was pitching through an injury that will likely require surgery.Now the Astros are hurting even worse, done after losing four straight to the Red Sox to end their bid to repeat as champions.“The heart of this team really (is) unparalleled,” said ace Justin Verlander, whose big season helped the Astros go deep in the playoffs. “We had guys playing through so much. I’m not going to name anyone specifically, but I think you could see some of it on the field and how hard guys were grinding trying to help us win.”It was a disappointing end for the Astros to a stellar year in which they won a franchise-record 103 games to capture the AL West for a second straight season. The Astros had no trouble in the division series, sweeping the Cleveland Indians to set up a meeting with the 108-win Red Sox.The Astros won Game 1, before the Red Sox took over, winning one game in Boston before taking all three games in Houston to reach the World Series for the first time since 2013.“We’ll learn from it and everyone in here will have a little bit of an edge to play with it (will) be a chip on their shoulder knowing that we believe we should have been back-to-back champions,” third baseman Alex Bregman said. “And I know every day when I wake up and the rest of these guys wake up during the offseason, there will be one thing on their mind Dave Cash Jersey , and that’ll be working toward winning it next year.”Correa remained in the dugout after the last out on Thursday night, staring onto the field as the Red Sox celebrated on the Astros’ home field after a 4-1 win.“I was just thinking that I don’t want to ever feel this feeling again of losing,” he said. “It’s just devasting to lose when we know what kind of team we have.”It was a year where Bregman led Houston’s offense by posting career highs in batting average (.286), homers (31), RBIs (103) and doubles (51), while Altuve struggled for most of the second half with right knee injury. The reigning AL MVP returned from the first stint of his career on the disabled list on Aug. 21, but never fully recovered from the injury.It got so bad in the ALCS that the six-time All-Star second baseman couldn’t play defense and served as Houston’s designated hitter for the last three games.“It’s all about heart with him,” manager AJ Hinch said. “He is such a great example of what’s right … I wish you guys knew what he had to go through to play every day and get himself prepared and then contribute and do well.”Correa got better late in the series and had three hits in Game 4 but admitted before the series that his back hurt so bad sometimes that it was difficult to walk. He is confident that extended rest will clear up the problem and that he’ll be ready to go for next season.The same can’t be said for McCullers, a right-hander who started and pitched in relief for the Astros this season. The 25-year-old pitched just four times in the regular season after July 29 as he dealt with what the team called discomfort in his right elbow.McCullers wouldn’t provide specifics on his injury on Thursday night, but he wouldn’t deny that he’s going to need surgery on his elbow.“We’re going to figure all that stuff out,” he said. “I’m pretty banged up … so that’s going to be something that down the road in the next couple of days or couple of weeks we’ll figure out.”Now the Astros will face an offseason with several questions about their roster with a list of potential free agents including pitchers Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel, catchers Brian McCann and Martin Maldonado, and all-purpose player Marwin Gonzalez.Keuchel, the 2015 Cy Young Award winner, who is one of the longest tenured Astros after debuting in 2012 said he’d like to return but is disappointed that the team hadn’t tried to negotiate with him sooner.“There’s been seven years where there could have been extension talks, but one thing or another it just hasn’t come to a head,” he said. “But I’d like to be in this locker next year … it’s just going to be a weird feeling not knowing what’s next.”
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