Orioles Sign Machado To Extension

Orioles Sign Machado To Extension

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.

The Orioles have spent a portion of their offseason exploring potential trade options for Machado, who can become a free agent after next season. In 2017, Machado batted.259 to go along with 33 home runs and 95 RBIs. A three-time All-Star, the 25-year-old Machado hit.

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.

Both Machado and Britton have been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, with talks surrounding the latter quieting down following his injury. He's also finished top five in MVP voting for the AL twice, 2015 and 2016. Joseph, 31, hit.256 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs in 2017.

If you think $4.5 million is a nice jump in salary, just wait until Machado officially hits free agency, where it's expected he will sign a "recording breaking" deal in the process.

Other arbitration-eligible Orioles players include second baseman Jonathan Schoop and right-hander Kevin Gausman.

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Arizona was fourth in the NL in runs scored last season, and they finished second with a.445 slugging percentage.

Machado has been linked to many teams across Major League Baseball, including the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox.

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

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. Schoop is asking for $9 million with the Orioles offering $7.5 million.

For players and teams who fail to reach agreements, hearings will be scheduled for January 29-Feb. Several clubs refused to negotiate after the exchange of proposed arbitration salaries, a so-called "file and trial" strategy.