The Detroit Tigers recently designated middle infielder Dixon Machado for assignment in order to make roster room for call ups from the Toledo Mud Hens. Is he a player the Kansas City Royals could consider making a part of the rebuild?
Dixon Machado is a 26 year old from Venezuela. He mainly plays shortstop, but he could play second as well. If the Kansas City Royals end up trading away Whit Merrifield, as predicted, they will be in search of a new second baseman.
Machado is young enough to be around for a while. He was thought to have the starting second base slot locked down for 2018. But, his lack of offensive contribution made it difficult to justify putting him in the lineup.
Now that Dixon Machado has been designated for assignment, all of the other teams will have a chance to pick him up. Should the Kansas City Royals take a chance on the young middle infielder?
Dixon Machado is a career .227 hitter. He has been with the Detroit Tigers since he came into the league. In 67 games for the Tigers this season, he is slashing .206 / .263 / .290.
So obviously, there isn’t much production offensively from Machado. He’s a solid defender, but his lack of offensive prowess led to the move being made with the Tigers.
Is he worth pursuing?
The answer is no. The Tigers aren’t having a great season either. So, if they let him go, he isn’t worth the roster spot. The Kansas City Royals are in need of some offensive production. So, picking up a player who has proven to be stagnant offensively this season wouldn’t be the best guy to go after.
He doesn’t hold much value to a Royals squad looking to dump most of their veterans as is. A new wave of young players is coming to the Kansas City Royals. Though Dixon Machado is up for grabs on the market, it is highly unlikely he will be pursued by the Royals.