January 24, 2019

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

13 January 2018, 04:41 | Anna Jefferson



Toronto's Josh Donaldson, Baltimore's Manny Machado, Washington's Anthony Rendon and the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant were among the more than 170 players headed to the exchange.

Machado and Donaldson can become free agents after this season and are expected to command one-year deals approaching or exceeding $20 million.

Machado, who can become a free agent after this season, hit.259 with 33 homers and 95 RBIs past year, when he made $11.5 million.

The 25-year-old All-Star was one of the highest-profile arbitration-eligible players this offseason. The 25-year-old superstar will hit the Major League Baseball free agency market in 2019, where he will no doubt use this season to increase his (already) high value. Recent rumors surfaced that the Arizona Diamondbacks were in initial talks with the Orioles regarding Machado, where it's unknown at this time if those negotiations are still in progress with these new developments. He's also finished top five in MVP voting for the AL twice, 2015 and 2016.

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 signed for $5.165 million.

Right-hander Kevin Gausman and second baseman Jonathan Schoop are Baltimore's only arbitration-eligible players without deals.

Let's hope the Baltimore Orioles have the common sense to trade Manny Machado out of Division or it will haunt them for the next decade.

The Orioles finished 75-87 last season, last place in the American League East.

There were 189 players eligible for arbitration after teams offered contracts on December 1 to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters, and 172 remained set to swap as of Thursday evening. However, he was taken with the No. 3 pick in 2010 and settled on a $5.25 million contract with the Orioles just before the deadline.

For players and teams who fail to reach agreements, hearings will be scheduled for January 29-Feb.

Teams have a 302-224 edge since arbitration started in 1974.

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