Baltimore Orioles reach agreement with Manny Machado on one-year, $16 million contract to avoid arbitration


Manny Machado agreed to a one-year, $16 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday to avoid a salary arbitration hearing in February, a source told ESPN.

Machado, 25, is a three-time All-Star with two Gold Gloves over parts of six seasons with the Orioles.

Machado is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season and has been mentioned prominently in trade rumors this winter, but the Orioles appear to have made little progress since telling teams they would be willing to entertain offers during the MLB winter meetings in December.

The Orioles are considering moving Machado from third base to shortstop this season, at his request.

Last year, Machado earned a base salary of $11.5 million. He hit .259 with 33 homers and 95 RBIs.

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

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. Brach signed for $5.165 million. He joins Darren O’Day and Mychal Givens as a candidate to close games for Baltimore while Britton recuperates from his injury.

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