Manny Machado, Orioles Avoid Arbitration With $16 Million Deal



Although the 1 p.m. arbitration-filing deadline passed with no news, the Orioles took care of a lot of business Friday afternoon, agreeing to contracts with five of their seven arbitration-eligible players: Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Caleb Joseph and Tim Beckham.

Per's Mark Feinsand, Machado and the Orioles agreed to terms on a $16 million deal for 2018 that also includes awards incentives.

Machado and relievers Zach Britton and Brad Brach, all of whom are eligible for free agency after this season, reached agreements on 2018 salaries January 12.

Britton, who is expected to miss the first half of the season after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon while doing sprints in December, agreed to a $12 million deal. However, the two sides were able to find common ground.

The 25-year-old Machado, whom the Orioles are considering moving back to shortstop next season, hit.259 with 33 home runs and 95 RBIs in 2017. Coming into 2017, Machado's career batting average was over.280, but his mark of.259 a year ago lowered his total to.279.

Britton, 29, was limited to 38 games while battling an MCL sprain in his left knee and had a 2.89 ERA and 15 saves. In 2016, he had a 0.54 ERA and converted all 47 of his save opportunities.

Britton earned $11.4 million in 2017.

Machado was obviously the most interesting case heading into Friday, considering he has been the subject of trade rumors in his last season before free agency.

He will receive a slight raise coming off last year's injury-plagued season, netting a $600,000 salary increase from his 2017 salary. Right-hander Kevin Gausman and second baseman Jonathan Schoop are Baltimore's only arbitration-eligible players without deals.

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