I'm still not convinced the Orioles are definitely going down this road. I mean ... they listened on Zach Britton and took it to the wire... and then it fell apart.
Furthermore, they are supposedly going for two quality cost-controlled young starters to start the deal. It's not an unreasonable ask ... I mean, Machado is good. The problem is, Machado's in his last year, and I don't see any team forking that over unless Machado agrees to an extension. I don't see Machado agreeing to anything that isn't a monster offer, and even then ... he might just want to test the market anyways. I mean, the Phillies aren't parting with Sixto Sanchez and say, Franklyn Kilome for a half-season rental. No way, no how.
Leaving aside the monetary side, their search for pitching makes the Cubs a debatable fit as a trade partner.