WASHINGTON — The All-Star Game may have been the last time Manny Machado represented the Baltimore Orioles.
Multiple reports say Baltimore has agreed to trade Machado and the deal could be final as soon as Wednesday. The Dodgers are believed to be the team, having put together a suitable package of prospects led by outfielder Yusniel Diaz.
The Phillies and Brewers also are involved in the chase for the pending free agent.
The Orioles are notorious for making deals, then stepping away at the last minute. But their intent this time seems to be trading Machado rather then receiving draft-pick compensation once he leaves via free agency.
Machado was surrounded by reporters before the game and said he had not been informed of a trade.
“I haven’t heard anything. I’m just worried about the game today, and whatever happens moving forward will happen,” he said. “There will be a time and place for everything.”
The Machado situation has a direct impact on the Red Sox.
The Sox have nine games remaining against the Orioles and four with the Phillies, so his landing with the Dodgers offers some benefit.
The Yankees were considered avid suitors for Machado at one point but backed off.
Eye on the present
At age 30, Craig Kimbrel is tied for 18th all-time in saves with 321. He also has averaged 14.7 strikeouts per nine innings, the most for any pitcher with at least 500 innings.
He also has the lowest career earned run average (1.80) for any pitcher with at least 500 innings.
Kimbrel has been selected to seven All-Star teams and received Cy Young Award votes in five of the seven full seasons he has played.
The Red Sox closer is on a path that could lead him to the Hall of Fame. But that’s not a topic he cares to discuss at length.
“I don’t really look at it a lot,” Kimbrel said. “I look at what I’ve been able to do over the course of this season and what I’ve been able to do for my team when I’ve gotten the opportunity.
“When I leave here I’ll focus on the rest of this year. What I’ve done in my career has been great. It’s helped me each and every year to get better and better just by the things I’ve learned over the years. I just take one year at a time.”
Kimbrel has pitched for five playoff teams but none has advanced beyond the first round or the wild-card game.
“For me the most important thing is to first get there and advance,” he said. “That’s the goal every year. . . . You want to throw that pitch and be jumping on the pile.”
Kimbrel watched the Home Run Derby on Monday night with his 8-month-old daughter, Lydia, on his lap. Kimbrel missed all but a brief slice of spring training while she was recovering from heart surgery.
“We’ve come a long ways. I’m glad we were able to do that,” Kimbrel said.
Mitch’s big adventure
First-time All-Star Mitch Moreland walked the red carpet into the stadium with his wife, Susannah, and their three children. Crue turns 6 next week, Swayze Ann is 3, and Ledger is only 5 months.
“We were taking it all in. The fans were great out there,” Moreland said. “It was cool to take part in.”
Crue, a devoted baseball fan, enjoyed meeting Aaron Judge and watching Bryce Harper win the Home Run Derby.
“He’s sat with about six different players on the bus back and forth. None of them’s me,” Moreland said. “He’s enjoying it for sure.”
Mookie Betts is the seventh player in Red Sox history to start three consecutive All-Star games.
Ted Williams did that three times (1940-42, 1949-51, 1955-57) and David Ortiz twice (2005-07, 2011-13).
Wade Boggs (1986-92), Fred Lynn (1978-80), Carl Yastrzemski (1970-72), and Frank Malzone (1958-60) also did it.
Quite a ‘year’
J.D. Martinez hit .319 with 60 home runs, 152 RBIs, and a 1.073 OPS in 157 games since the 2017 All-Star Game. He is the seventh player in history with 60 or more home runs between All-Star games. Jose Bautista, Albert Belle, Barry Bonds (twice), Ken Griffey Jr., Mark McGwire (three times), and Sammy Sosa (twice) are the others . . . Kimbrel and Chris Sale are seven-time All-Stars. Among active players, only Miguel Cabrera (11), Yadier Molina (9), Albert Pujols (9), and Robinson Cano (8) have more . . . The Red Sox activated Andrew Benintendi from bereavement leave on Monday and optioned Sam Travis to Triple A Pawtucket.