Manny Machado, Orioles Avoid Arbitration With $16 Million Deal

Manny Machado, Orioles Avoid Arbitration With $16 Million Deal

In other deals, the Orioles reached one-year deals with shortstop Tim Beckham ($3.35 million) and catcher Caleb Joseph ($1.25 million).

He will receive a slight raise coming off last year's injury-plagued season, netting a $600,000 salary increase from his 2017 salary.

In addition to being an excellent defensive player, Machado has averaged 35 homers and 92 RBI over the last three years.

Right-hander Kevin Gausman and second baseman Jonathan Schoop are Baltimore's only arbitration-eligible players without deals. Brach signed for $5.165 million. Schoop filed at $9 million and the Orioles filed at $7.5 million.

There are plenty of reasons why Machado would make sense for Arizona.

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Arizona was fourth in the NL in runs scored last season, and they finished second with a.445 slugging percentage.

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

Both Machado and Britton have been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, with talks surrounding the latter quieting down following his injury. The $16 million salary is actually less than what predicted ($17.3 million) and it doesn't seem out of line for a 25-year-old with his pedigree. The Chicago White Sox reportedly came the closest to striking an agreement with the Baltimore Orioles in December, while the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals also pursed Machado.

Britton earned $11.4 million in 2017. If they fall out of contention early, they could deal him at the deadline. They could still trade him before or during the season, but their lineup is more unsafe with him as a part of it. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports also confirmed the deal.