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The Baltimore Orioles will trade All-Star shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, "barring a last minute snag", according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

The Orioles are "definitely motivated" to get a deal done.

Fancred reported earlier Tuesday that the Dodgers had emerged as the leading contender to acquire Machado but also noted that the talks were fluid and identified the Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks as contenders with an "outside chance" to land the four-time All-Star.

Two hours before the All-Star Game, Machado said in the American League locker room, "I haven't heard anything". I'm just anxious about the game.

One advantage to the Baltimore Orioles trading with the Dodgers is that L.A.'s farm system runs very deep, especially with outfield and pitching prospects-a major need for the Orioles. That, in turn, means the Orioles can ask for more on the prospect front.

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Like I said this morning, if the Dodgers do wind up getting Machado, as it seemed they might from the moment Corey Seager went down for the year, I tend to think that's among the better outcomes out there.

Machado signed a one-year, $16 million contract for 2018 with Baltimore to avoid arbitration.

The Orioles, under the guidance of owner Peter Angelos, are notoriously obsessive about the medical reports of potential acquisitions, which makes their proposed trades less ironclad than those of other teams.

In 2015, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the Orioles would like to extend the then third baseman, but had "more urgent things to look at". Tonight, he will play in his fourth All-Star game in six-plus seasons with the Orioles.