Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Manny Machado avoids arbitration with $16M deal

Manny Machado avoids arbitration with $16M deal

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Thursday the Arizona Diamondbacks remain in conversation with the Orioles about the 25-year-old, though no deal is close at the moment. So that salary should not be a hindrance if the Orioles do trade Machado this year. He has a.279/.329/.476 career slash line, and his 105 homers since 2015 tie him with J.D. Martinez for eighth most among big league hitters over the past three seasons.

The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies have also shown interest in Machado. His injury also came after the Orioles tendered him a contract in early December, but according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are obligated to retain players who have been injured in the course of baseball activity.

Before suffering his injury, Britton was projected to make $12.2 million by MLBTradeRumors.com. Brach, 31, had a 3.18 ERA while picking up in 18 saves in place of Britton last season. Third baseman Jake Lamb hit 30 home runs for the Diamondbacks in 2017, and Machado has expressed an interest in moving to shortstop.

Machado has one year left on his contract before becoming a free agent. The 27-year-old former No. 1 draft pick hit.306 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs in 50 games with the O's after being acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays ahead of last year's trade deadline.

With Machado now signed, the Orioles know they will have their superstar for at least one more year. He bounced back from a slow start to hit.290 with a.326 on-base percentage and a.500 slugging percentage after the All-Star Game.

Catcher Caleb Joseph received a raise from $700,000 to $1.25 million and shortstop Tim Beckham received a hefty salary from $885,000 previous year (with the Tampa Bay Rays) to $3.35 million for 2018.

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