Orioles and INF Manny Machado avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $16 million contract. Before the deal was complete, Machado had been linked to several other teams, including the Yankees, White Sox and Red Sox.
MLB.com reports that the Orioles have not yet confirmed the deal. If they keep him for the season, they could receive a compensatory pick after he turns down a qualifying offer.
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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. Knowing their window of dethroning the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West - and entire NL for that matter - is a small one, Machado could be the crucial part in accomplishing their ultimate postseason goals.
The Orioles went to the increasingly common "file and trial" position in negotiation with arbitration-eligible players starting last season, meaning that once players exchange salary figures, they are slated to go to a hearing with no further negotiation.
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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 Diamondbacks have tried to add a little drama to the offseason by "persistently pursuing" Orioles infielder Manny Machado, according to The Athletic.
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Major League Baseball trade rumors for Manny Machado have been buzzing all Major League Baseball hot stove season. Machado wound up hitting.259/.310/.471 last season, bashing 33 homers and as many doubles. 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.