Some players jumped quickly. Orel Hershiser, a Cy Young winner with the Dodgers, was one of the first, signing a contract with Cleveland. Dave Winfield, at the end of a career that got him to Cooperstown, left the Twins and signed with the Indians, too. Pitcher Kevin Brown was snapped up by the Orioles, Jim Abbott landed with the White Sox, Bob Tewksbury became a Cardinal and Andre Dawson went to the Marlins. The Royals, fearing big financial losses due to the strike, traded Cy Young winner David Cone to the Blue Jays and center fielder Brian McRae to the Cubs.
Machado is at something of a crossroads. He’s coming off an underwhelming 2017 season, a tumultuous offseason of trade rumors , and is now entering a contract year while playing primarily at shortstop for the first time in his MLB career. Maybe this will help him. The early returns are good at least, as Machado is 10-for-18 so far this spring, good for a .556 average. Impressively, he’s hit two home runs and driven in a rather remarkable 12 runs. Machado needs a great season for a lot of reasons. He certainly has it in him, and he’s striking the right tone early.