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

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

They could still trade him before or during the season, but their lineup is more risky with him as a part of it. Rosenthal characterized Arizona as the most persistent among the interested teams. Before the deal was complete, Machado had been linked to several other teams, including the Yankees, White Sox and Red Sox. His injury also came after the Orioles tendered him a contract in early December, but according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are obligated to retain players who have been injured in the course of baseball activity.

There are plenty of reasons why Machado would make sense for Arizona. The Diamondbacks made the playoffs a year ago, winning the National League Wild-Card Game and getting swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. Schoop agreed a year ago to a $3.475 million contract, but after a Most Valuable Oriole season in 2017 the second baseman will more than double his salary. Third baseman Jake Lamb hit 30 home runs for the Diamondbacks in 2017, and Machado has expressed an interest in moving to shortstop.

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




Machado has one year left on his contract before becoming a free agent.

Britton was the first to sign, agreeing to a one-year $12 million deal, up from $11.4 million in an injury shortened 2017. He hit.259 with 33 homers and 95 RBIs.

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. He finished ninth in the AL MVP voting in 2013 as a 21-year-old.


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