The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping recent MLB history repeats itself

The Dodgers pulled off the biggest move of the 2018 trade season when they acquired superstar shortstop Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles one day after the All-Star Game.The Dodgers gave up minor league prospectsRylan Bannon Kenta Maeda Jersey , Yusniel Diaz, Dean Kremer, Zach Pop and Breyvic Valera to get Machado.A year ago, the Houston Astros acquired right-handed starter Justin Verlander prior to the trade deadline, and his arrival helped them capture the 2017 World Series. The Chicago Cubs traded for closer Aroldis Chapman a year earlier and were able to win the World Series over the Cleveland Indians in 2016.Machado, who is scheduled to become a free agent at the conclusion of this season, told the Baltimore Sun's Jon Meoli before his trade that he wants to play shortstop throughout the rest of his career. He moved from third base to shortstop this year, but he has been forced to play third base for the Dodgers due to Justin Turner's groin injury. Turner is on the 10-day disabled listDodgers manager Dave Roberts told Andy McCullough of theLos Angeles Timesthat Machado was quite willing to return to third base to help the team while Turner is out with a groin injury.Machado has a .312/.385/.564 slash line with 25 home runs and 67 RBI this season, and one of those home runs came in a Dodger uniform.The Orioles have not stopped since trading Machado, either Matt Kemp Jersey , sending closer Zach Britton to the New York Yankees for pitching prospectsDillon Tate, Cody Carroll and Josh Rogers on Wednesday. Tate and Carroll are right-handed pitchers, while Rogers is a southpaw.The move seemed curious on the surface because the Yankees had perhaps the game's most powerful bullpen with Chapman, Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Chad Green. However, Chapman has struggled quite a bit in the last month. He has a 7.20 ERA in his last seven appearances, and knee issues may keep him from being at his best.The addition of Britton could pay huge dividends for the Yankees if Chapman does not regain his best form.Teams still have three more days to complete trades before Tuesday's trade deadline, and big names could continue to be on the move.Adam Jones could be the next Oriole on the move prior to the trade deadline.Gail Burton/Associated PressThe Orioles may continue their housecleaning by moving five-time All-Star outfielder Adam Jones. MLB Network's Jon Morositweeted that the Indians and the Philadelphia Phillies both have interest in Jones.Cleveland is in excellent shape to win the AL Central title, but the Indians know the biggest battles will come in the postseason against potential opponents such as the Boston Red Sox, Astros and Yankees. Adding a big bat like Jones could pay huge dividends for the Indians Rich Hill Jersey , who lost the seventh game of the World Series in extra innings to the Cubs two years ago.The Phillies have a narrow 2.5-game edge over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East, but the battle could go down to the final days of the regular season. The presence of Jones in the lineup could give the Phillies the edge.Jones has a .281/.307/.430 slash line with 11 home runs and 42 RBI going into Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.Minnesota Twins right-handed pitcher Kyle Gibson is not a superstar, but he has become a dependable pitcher for the Twins with a 3.42 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 129 innings. He shut down the hard-hitting Red Sox at Fenway Park Thursday night by allowing just one run in an eight-inning effort, and he looks like he could be an excellent add for any contending team.Predictably, he is generating interest, according to Fox Sports'Ken Rosenthal. However, if the Twins would need an impressive package in return to move Gibson since he is not eligible to become a free agent until 2020. Throughout his time with the Red Sox, Eovaldi has proved he is more than capable of putting together quality starts, as he conceded zero earned runs in five starts for Boston.In his career at Minute Maid Park, he has given up six earned runs , four of which came in the June meeting with the Astros.One concern the Red Sox could have about Eovaldi is his record after more than six days of rest, which sits at 5-9 in 27 starts.If he can shake off the rust and retire Houston's sluggers in order to start the game, he should settle into a rhythm and hand the Red Sox a similar outing to the one he produced at Yankee Stadium.However, if Houston's bats wake up in the opening third of the game, Boston manager Alex Cora will be forced to go to his bullpen fast and end up stuck in a tricky rotation situation with David Price already struggling.Which Houston Bats Will Wake Up?Only three Houston players recorded two or more hits at Fenway Park, with Springer leading the ball club with three base knocks.One of the reasons why the Astros hit .188 in the first two games of the ALCS was the 15 walks they were issued, with Bregman drawing six of them.Altuve's struggles at the plate didn't help Houston's offensive rhythm either, as the second baseman went 1-for-8 in Boston.At some point, a handful of players in the Houston lineup are going to break out at the dish, and that could happen as soon as Game 3 since they'll be in familiar surroundings.Springer Starlin Castro Jersey , who has an 11-game postseason hitting streak, needs to be the catalyst at the top of the order, but he's going to need either Altuve or Bregman to bust out a clutch hit in order to take full advantage of having runners in scoring positions.David Dermer/Associated PressIf Bregman continues to reach base by way of walks, Yuli Gurriel has the opportunity to be the breakout star of the Houston lineup.He has two hits in nine at-bats in the ALCS with one home run and three RBI.The 34-year-old was one of Houston's top hitters in September, when he recorded 10 multiple-hit games in the final month of the regular season.The first baseman carried that form into the postseason, as he has one hit in four of the five games he's started.With his team in need of a wake-up call at the plate, Gurriel will drive in at least two runs and set the tone for the bottom half of the order to make contributions while keeping the Boston pitching staff out of a rhythm. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.Statistics obtained from Baseball Reference.

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