Thursday, 26 April, 2018

Orioles and Manny Machado avoid arbitration

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado USA TODAY Sports Images
Rita Gibson | 13 January, 2018, 12:34

Machado reportedly signed a one-year, $16 million deal to avoid arbitration Friday. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand says the deal also includes awards bonuses. Both players will be free agents at the end of the 2018 season.

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. The initial timeline for his return was set at six months. Third baseman Jake Lamb hit 30 home runs for the Diamondbacks in 2017, and Machado has expressed an interest in moving to shortstop.

Catcher Caleb Joseph received a raise from $700,000 to $1.25 million and shortstop Tim Beckham received a hefty salary from $885,000 past year (with the Tampa Bay Rays) to $3.35 million for 2018.

The 29-year-old was also slowed by injuries in 2017, including an MCL strain in his left knee.

Britton was the most dominant reliever in baseball in 2016.

Local power crews head to Puerto Rico
A national IV bag shortage could leave hospitals scrambling to treat patients, especially during flu season. Right now hospitals across the nation and here in West Texas a shortage of IV fluids.

Both Machado and Britton have been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, with talks surrounding the latter quieting down following his injury. However, he was taken with the No. 3 pick in 2010 and settled on a $5.25 million contract with the Orioles just before the deadline.

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

Shortstop Tim Beckham agreed to a $3.35 million deal for 2018, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun.

Right-hander Kevin Gausman and second baseman Jonathan Schoop are Baltimore's only arbitration-eligible players without deals.

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