Sep 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) looks on at the batting cage before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.  Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

While it appears that Manny Machado is staying put, at least one more suitor would step forward during winter meetings. The Cleveland Indians.

Earlier in the offseason, the Orioles were looking for two young, controllable starters. But if there’s any team that could realistically match that and be okay, it’s Cleveland. And reports indicate that the Indians were willing to part with Danny Salazar. But the Orioles didn’t get an offer they liked. And here we are.

The championship window remains open for Cleveland. But for Baltimore, it’s going to be tough. Last season, the Orioles would finish 75-87. Of course, this would follow an 89-73 season—which included a playoff berth. But going forward, that doesn’t look like it’s going to be the case.

The longer Baltimore holds on to Manny Machado, the less they will likely receive in return. The flip side, of course, is to build around him. But for the time being, the Orioles don’t appear interested in doing so. So is the door still open for a Machado departure?

There’s also the decision of where he would play. He wants to play third base. But with Jason Kipnis on the roster, José Ramírez is their third baseman. Kipnis slots in at second. Francisco Lindor is their shortstop. But if someone like Machado is on the market, then you do what you can to make it work.

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