Manny Machado and the Orioles have agreed on a one-year, $16 million contract for 2018, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the report.
Orioles and Manny Machado have come to terms on a $16 million deal for 2018, per source. Deal also includes incentives for awards.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) 12 de enero de 2018
Machado is one of the highest-profile arbitration-eligible players this offseason. This was his final year of eligibility before he becomes one of the headliners of a loaded free-agent class following the 2018 season.
The 25-year-old, who is one of the game's superstar third basemen, earned $11.5 million last year.
Machado has made three American League All-Star teams in his six big league seasons, won two Gold Gloves and finished in the top five of AL MVP voting twice. He hit .259 with 33 home runs and 95 RBIs for the Orioles in 2017.
The Orioles also have a slate of other key players up for arbitration: Zach Britton, Brad Brach, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman, Tim Beckham and Caleb Joseph.
After a record-breaking deal by Josh Donaldson with the Toronto Blue Jays for $23 million dollars, many expected Manny to be close to that number. But Machado ended up $4 million below that mark.
Machado has been one of the biggest names mentioned in the trade market this offseason, and although the Orioles indicated they "are willing" to trade the All-Star they have declined most of the offers.
Teams like the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Red Sox and Cubs have all made "reasonable" offers for the infielder, but nothing has happened yet.
The Orioles will most likely lose Machado after this season, as this was his last contract while under team control and will be a free agent at the end of next season.
Some experts expect the Orioles to be more aggressive on trying to trade the Dominican at midseason.
By AP and Al Bat