Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

O's avoid arbitration with 3B Machado, closer Britton

O's avoid arbitration with 3B Machado, closer Britton

Then third baseman Manny Machado, who made $11.5 million in 2017, agreed to a $16 million deal that also includes incentives. Rosenthal claims no trade is imminent, but sources told him Arizona is the "most persistent" of all the teams interested in landing Machado. Machado, a career.279 hitter, has hit at least 33 home runs in each of the last three seasons.

Machado is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season and has been mentioned prominently in trade rumors, but the Orioles appear to have made little progress since telling teams they would be willing to entertain offers during the Major League Baseball winter meetings in December.

Unfortunately, the Baltimore Orioles aren't attractive enough to lock up Machado after this season, so a mid-season trade could be likely if O's are slow out of the gate.

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

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

Britton, who is recovering from surgery to fix a ruptured right Achilles tendon suffered during an offseason workout last month, isn't expected to return until June at the earliest. He joins Darren O'Day and Mychal Givens as a candidate to close games for Baltimore while Britton recuperates from his injury.

That left the Orioles with two arbitration-eligible players Friday afternoon: pitcher Kevin Gausman and second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Gausman is asking for $6,225,000 and the team is offering $5.3 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this reprot.

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