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Manny Machado’s lack of hustle is starting to stand 
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LOS ANGELES (AP) —out more than his offense this postseason.The star shortstop had a little too much self-confidence in the sixth inning Friday night when he thought he homered for the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 3 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Instead Josh Reddick Jersey , Machado ended up admiring what turned out to be a 368-foot single as it bounced off the wall in left field.Had Machado run it out, it might have been a double. It also turned out to be his only hit as he went 1 for 7 in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win in 18 innings early Saturday that trimmed their Series deficit to 2-1.“I looked up at first and thought it wasn’t going and then I saw it take up and thought it was going to go out,” Machado said. “That was very, very, very, very, very poor baserunning by me.”It is not the first time this postseason that Machado’s effort level has become an issue. He was criticized for not hustling during a groundout in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series against Milwaukee.Machado said in an interview on FS1 during the NLCS that he’s well aware he’s not going to be known as a hustling type of player, but that is how he has played throughout his career.He was much more critical of himself after Friday night’s game.“I probably wasn’t going to be on second base but that was very embarrassing,” he said.Things didn’t get much better for Machado in the eighth when he struck out on Matt Barnes’ high fastball on a full count with a runner on first. Two innings later he popped out to shortstop Xander Bogaerts after Max Muncy doubled with two outs. That dropped Machado to 0 for 9 in his career against Boston closer Craig Kimbrel.Machado also flied out in the 13th after Muncy walked leading off the inning.The 26-year-old Machado can become a free agent this offseason and is expected to command a large contract. He drew the ire of Milwaukee players and fans — not to mention a fine — for kicking Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar near the ankle as he jogged out a groundout during the NLCS.There was also a pair of hard slides into Orlando Arcia in Game 3 while the Milwaukee shortstop was attempting to turn double plays. The antics led Brewers star Christian Yelich to call Machado “a dirty player Tyler Clippard Jersey ,” but the Dodgers slugger has seemed to embrace the role of villain this October.The baserunning gaffes are overshadowing what has been a productive month for Machado, acquired from Baltimore on July 19. He is batting .255 in the postseason but leads the Dodgers in home runs (three) and RBIs (11).Machado is 3 for 14 in the World Series but thinks the Dodgers have momentum after their dramatic win.“This is huge. We were grinding until the last run came across the board. We’re 2-1 in the Series, which we needed,” he said. “We’ll get some rest and get back at it.” The Baltimore Orioles possess one of the most coveted trade targets even after the Manny Machado deal.Since they are stuck in the American League East cellar, the Orioles are expected to be one of the top sellers as the MLB trade deadline approaches.With Machado offloaded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for five prospects, the focus has shifted toward reliever Zach Britton, who is the most talked about available player on the market.While it appears Britton will be dealt before the trade deadline, there are other players mentioned in trade discussions who will be harder to move because of the high demand their teams expect in return.One of the most intriguing teams on the trade market could be the New York Mets, who sit 13 games out of first place in the National League East and have some pitchers who could help out contenders at the right price.Below is a look at the latest buzz surrounding the top players on the trade market as play resumes after the All-Star break. Interest in Britton Heating UpBritton's potential landing spot could dictate the remaining market for pitchers Marwin Gonzalez Jersey , just like Machado's trade to the Dodgers affected position players.Among the teams interested in the services of the reliever are the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves, per Fancred's Jon Heyman.The list of potential destinations for Britton will continue to grow in the coming days, especially after Brad Hand was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with Adam Cimber, as The Athletic's Jim Bowden noted on CBS Sports HQ.Ben Margot/Associated Press"All the teams that lost out on Hand are going to take their attention and put it on Zach Britton," Bowden said.Bowden mentioned the Houston Astros, Cubs and Yankees as the teams with the most interest in the 30-year-old reliever.There have been concerns expressed about Britton's health because he is coming off an Achilles injury, but he's proved in his recent outings that he is back to full strength.Since Britton is the top name on the wishlists of many contenders , the Orioles could drive up the price in order to get the maximum return.Each of the teams mentioned above is in need of a bullpen upgrade, and although Britton may have a steeper price tag than other relievers, he'd be worth the risk.DeGrom, Syndergaard Generating Interest, But Mets Setting High Price TagBritton's price tag may be considered cheap compared to what the Mets want in exchange for starting pitchers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.According to James Wagner of theNew York Times,teams have made calls to the Mets about the pair of starters, but the asking price is steep:James Wagner ByJamesWagnerHearing more of the same re: Mets at the trade deadline. Teams have called on Jacob deGrom amp;amp; Noah Syndergaard, but Mets most interested in elite prospects (close to the majors) and/or MLB players.The Mets are looking for a similar return as the San Diego Padres got for Hand. The Padres received top prospect Francisco Mejia, who is at Triple-A and should make an impact in the majors soon.However Kole Calhoun Jersey , bringing in a top-notch prospect or an MLB player will be difficult since the teams expected to dive into the starting pitcher market don't have a ton of that at their disposal.Of the two starters mentioned, deGrom should be coveted more because of the season he's producing despite the Mets' struggles.The NL All-Star carries a 1.68 ERA and 149 strikeouts with his 5-4 record, and he's also given up 23 earned runs in 123.1 innings.Frank Franklin II/Associated PressIn his first start back from the disabled list July 13, Syndergaard conceded seven hits and one earned run in five innings.If he puts together another solid start or two before the trade deadline, Syndergaard's stock could rise.Trading either one of their star pitchers would be a difficult decision for the Mets no matter how impressive the package presented to them by a contender is.If they think they can get the right deal for deGrom or Syndergaard before the trade deadline, the Mets should pursue it, but there's always the possibility of making a deal in the offseason as well. Brewers Looking At Dozier After Missing Out On MachadoWith the Machado sweepstakes over, the focus of some contenders remains on infielders.The Milwaukee Brewers, who are looking for upgrades in the middle of the infield Garrett Richards Jersey , are looking at Brian Dozier among others to fill their need, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal:Ken Rosenthal Ken_RosenthalAmong the players the #Brewers are expected to target now that they have lost Machado: #Twins 2B Brian Dozier. Team also will explore pitching upgrades as well.Adding a middle infielder with a strong bat would provide balance to Milwaukee's order and patch up a key hole on the field for the team fighting for the NL Central title alongside the Cubs.Although Dozier is hitting .230, he has 16 home runs and 48 RBI in 93 games, and he's hit at least 28 home runs in each of his last three seasons.Bringing in extra power to a lineup that already includes Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar would add another dimension to the Brewers lineup.If they aren't able to bring in Dozier, the Brewers need to make some sort of upgrade in order to keep pace with the Cubs, who possess one of the best lineups in the NL. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90Statistics obtained from Baseball Reference

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