Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Major League Baseball trade rumors: Diamondbacks continue 'persistent' pursuit of Manny Machado

Major League Baseball trade rumors: Diamondbacks continue 'persistent' pursuit of Manny Machado

The Baltimore Orioles agreed to one-year deals with third baseman Manny Machado and injured closer Zach Britton on Friday, thus avoiding arbitration. Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training and could miss part of the 2018 season.

Britton can also become a free agent after this season.

Reports earlier Friday had the O's heading to an arbitration hearing with Machado after failing to agree by the 1 p.m. ET deadline.'s Mark Feinsand says the deal also includes awards bonuses. However, the two sides were able to find common ground. The three-time All-Star began the year in a lengthy slump (.230 batting average in first half) before hitting.290 down the stretch to salvage his season.

Before Donaldson's deal, no player negotiating through the arbitration process had received a $20 million contract. The 30-year-old left-hander made $11.4 million last season, when he had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA.

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.

The Orioles were kept out of postseason contention in 2017, their 75-87 record pitting them in the cellar of the American League East division. Machado made just $11.5 million in base salary last season, and was projected to receive a $5.8 million raise.

Even in a down year by his standards, Machado still managed to hit 33 home runs for Baltimore in 2017.

The Orioles employed the same "file and trial" stance past year, but agreed to terms with right-hander Kevin Gausman two weeks after the salary figure exchange deadline and also made catcher Caleb Joseph an 11th-hour offer before his arbitration hearing.

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