Report: Diamondbacks most persistent in pursuit of Machado
13 January, 2018, 07:31
The Orioles and infielder Manny Machado reached agreement on a $16 million contract for 2018.
Machado, who can become a free agent after this season, hit.259 with 33 homers and 95 RBIs previous year, when he made $11.5 million.
Britton, who who is recovering from surgery to fix a torn right Achilles tendon, reached agreement for a $12 million salary this season. The initial timeline for his return was set at six months. Machado made $11.5 million in 2017.
Technically, the Orioles could have offered up to a 20 percent cut in Britton's salary, but the 30-year-old pitcher and his agent, Scott Boras, certainly would have had a strong case before an arbitration panel that Britton didn't deserve a paycut after an effective - albeit truncated - 2017. The left-hander was the best reliever in baseball in 2016, posting a 0.54 ERA and going 47-for-47 in save chances on his way to finishing fourth in the American League Cy Young vote.
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. Machado wound up hitting.259/.310/.471 last season, bashing 33 homers and as many doubles. Beckham's deal is for $3.35 million and Joseph's is for $1.25 million. The 25-year-old's 3.5 WAR was the lowest since the 2014 season, despite Machado playing in only 82 games that year due to needing knee surgery.
Shortstop Tim Beckham agreed to a $3.35 million deal for 2018, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun. Joseph, 31, hit.256 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs in 2017. Right-hander Kevin Gausman and second baseman Jonathan Schoop are Baltimore's only arbitration-eligible players without deals.