2:42 p.m.: The Giants have officially taken over Machado, Morosi reports:. ESPN’s Jesse Rogers adds the interesting detail that Machado asked for a trade, probably to join a team that could offer him playing time in the big league.
14:09: The Giants are looking for an infielder Dixon Machado of the Cubs, as MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (Twitter link) reports that the two parties are in talks. It is unknown if this could be part of a larger multiplayer trade, or if Machado would be the main player involved.
It’s very possible it’s a small move, as Machado hasn’t played in the major leagues since 2018. The Giants also need help with the shortstop in particular, as injuries have drastically thinned their shortstop depth map. both at the Major and Minor league levels. Brandon Crawford is on 10-day injured list recovering from knee injury while Thairo Estrada was hit in the head by a pitch yesterday and is expected to be placed on seven-day concussion IL.
Having played in 172 games with the 2015-18 Tigers, Machado has since played with the Cubs’ Triple-A partner in both 2019 and 2022, with two seasons with Lotte Giants of the KBO League in between. In those four years, Machado posted some solid averages and developed a knack for getting on base, even if his strength was sporadic at best (though he hit 17 home runs during the homer-lucky 2019 Triple-A season).
This year in Triple-A Iowa, Machado hit .312/.402/.394 with two homeruns and 10 steals (in 13 chances) over 391 at bats. While Machado has played shortstop for most of his professional career, the 30-year-old has also seen some action at second and third base, making him a good fit for the Giants’ favorite model of versatile players.