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Manny Machado and Orioles headed to arbitration as they can't get deal done

Machado is one of the highest-profile arbitration-eligible players this offseason

Manny Machado and the Orioles did not settle on a contract for 2018 prior to Friday's 1 p.m. ET arbitration deadline, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the report.

Machado is one of the highest-profile arbitration-eligible players this offseason. This is his final year of eligibility before he becomes one of the headliners of a loaded free-agent class following the 2018 season.

If he and the Orioles do not settle on a deal, they must each submit a proposed 2018 salary figure prior to Friday's deadline. That would be in preparation for a potential hearing before a panel of arbitrators, who would decide between the two competing figures. The O's are a file-and-trial team, so if they don't settle with Machado (or trade him, as has been rumored), the two sides will ultimately go to a hearing.

The 25-year-old is one of the game's superstar third basemen and will likely command a high salary in arbitration. Machado 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 in addition to Machado: Zach Britton, Brad Brach, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman, Tim Beckham and Caleb Joseph.

MLB.com | By David Adler

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