It's been the opinion of many, including Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, that it's best for the Orioles that they trade him as a one-year rental. And the Red Sox appear to be the front-runners to complete a Manny Machado trade, despite their issues playing against him in the past. The Sox could use a strong defensive third baseman and someone to anchor their lineup. So, on paper, he makes a lot of sense.
But is a one-year rental worth the cost of prospects? Possibly, especially when he's an obvious upgrade in Boston. My personal thinking is that you have to weigh the risk of Machado having a poor season (somewhat unlikely) or getting injured (always possible) against the benefit of future promise later.
If I were the Orioles, I would definitely explore the one-year rental possibility. This is likely the time to get maximum value, although the market is limited. But waiting until the trade deadline could open up new possibilities.
What do you think the Orioles should do?