Manny Machado, Orioles Avoid Arbitration With $16 Million Deal

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The Orioles also confirmed Friday that they've struck new one-year deals with arbitration-eligible relievers Zach Britton and Brad Brach.

Then third baseman Manny Machado, who made $11.5 million in 2017, agreed to a $16 million deal that also includes incentives. Beckham's deal is for $3.35 million and Joseph's is for $1.25 million. Gausman and Schoop have the same representation, The Legacy Agency.

Gausman is asking for $6,225,000 and the team is offering $5.3 million. Schoop filed at $9 million and the Orioles filed at $7.5 million.

Britton earned $11.4 million in 2017.

The hot corner figures to be sizzling Friday when players and teams swap proposed salaries in arbitration.

The Orioles had two hearings previous year, winning one against Joseph and losing to Brach - the first time the club had lost an arbitration hearing since Ben McDonald in 1995.

The Baltimore Orioles don't appear likely to trade Manny Machado before the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season, but that hasn't stopped teams from trying to acquire him.

A trade isn't close to being made, though Machado would certainly improve Arizona's World Series chances if he was to be sent out west.

Even in a down year by his standards, Machado still managed to hit 33 home runs for Baltimore in 2017.

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. The 25-year-old's 3.5 WAR was the lowest since the 2014 season, despite Machado playing in only 82 games that year due to needing knee surgery. 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.

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