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

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

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

The Orioles also confirmed Friday that they've struck new one-year deals with arbitration-eligible relievers Zach Britton and Brad Brach.

Machado and Donaldson can become free agents after this season and are expected to command one-year deals approaching or exceeding $20 million. Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training and could miss part of the 2018 season. Machado had been named an All-Star in three of the four years prior but was passed over in 2017.

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. Machado wound up hitting.259/.310/.471 last season, bashing 33 homers and as many doubles. In 2016, he had a 0.54 ERA and converted all 47 of his save opportunities.

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.

The Baltimore Orioles don't appear likely to trade Manny Machado before the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season, but that hasn't stopped teams from trying to acquire him.

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.

Shortstop Tim Beckham agreed to a $3.35 million deal for 2018, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun. Over his career in the majors, Machado has posted a WAR clip of 27.9 He has hit 138 homers with 406 RBIs over the course of 764 games.

Bryant could break the record for highest salary among players eligible for arbitration for the first time, a mark set when first baseman Ryan Howard was awarded a raise from $900,000 to $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008 instead of Philadelphia's $7 million offer.