Manny Machado Agrees to $16M Contract with Orioles to Avoid Arbitration

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

The Diamondbacks have tried to add a little drama to the offseason by "persistently pursuing" Orioles infielder Manny Machado, according to The Athletic.

Absolutely. Now, Machado's numbers dropped a bit from his past production, but with a significant contract season approaching, expect the version that hit a robust.280 to show up and not the mark of.259 of 2017.

Even with trade rumors continuing to swirl around Manny Machado, the Baltimore Orioles were able to avoid arbitration with their All-Star third baseman on Friday.

Machado's deal is for $16 million, while Britton will earn $12 million, according to multiple reports. Gausman and Schoop have the same representation, The Legacy Agency.

If you think $4.5 million is a nice jump in salary, just wait until Machado officially hits free agency, where it's expected he will sign a "recording breaking" deal in the process. Schoop is asking for $9 million with the Orioles offering $7.5 million.

This is the second consecutive year that Gausman and the Orioles didn't agree on a contract before the filing date, but they ultimately decided on a $3.45 million deal before a hearing in 2017. Brach, 31, had a 3.18 ERA while picking up in 18 saves in place of Britton last season.

Britton's was another case worth watching because he'll be out until at least June, and maybe later, with a right Achilles injury which he tore in late December while running sprints. Rosenthal claims no trade is imminent, but sources told him Arizona is the "most persistent" of all the teams interested in landing Machado. Otherwise they might have to deal with a potentially losable grievance - and still have to pay the salary. first reported the Machado agreement. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports also confirmed the deal.

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