4:09 PM ET

BALTIMORE — For Manny Machado, the All-Star break will be anything but a break.

Besides serving as the starting shortstop for the American League in the All-Star Game, Machado likely will have to contend with continued and increased speculation surrounding his status as baseball’s hottest trade chip.

While the team holding this July’s biggest trade chip decides who stays and who goes at the deadline, the intrigue is compounded by the unsettled status of its front office.

“Everywhere, I see it’s just Manny, Manny, Manny,” Machado said Monday afternoon before the Baltimore Orioles‘ doubleheader against the New York Yankees. “It kind of gets a little distracting at times. But it’s just a matter of just trying to let it all out.

“Once I come here and step in this clubhouse, I’m just a ballplayer. I’m just trying to win some games. I’m trying to be myself. I’m trying to go out there and have fun. That’s the only thing that keeps me going. I love this game so much, and I’m able to go out there every day and put on a show and be the best player I can be out there.”

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