O's avoid arbitration with 3B Machado, closer Britton

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

The team was led by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who posted a.966 OPS and had his third top-three NL MVP finish in the last five years.

The Baltimore Orioles have yet to trade Manny Machado and may not do so, but one team that is persistently inquiring about him is the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a report. 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. Machado made just $11.5 million in base salary last season, and was projected to receive a $5.8 million raise.

Right-hander Kevin Gausman and second baseman Jonathan Schoop have yet to reach agreement on salaries for 2018. Beckham's deal is for $3.35 million and Joseph's is for $1.25 million.

If Gausman and Schoop do not settle, they will appear before an arbitration panel at some point in February with the panel ultimately choosing the player's salary figure or the team's, which will be binding for 2018.


A year ago, Brach took the Orioles to arbitration and won his case, making $3.05 million while Joseph lost his case and made $700,000. He has a.279/.329/.476 career slash line, and his 105 homers since 2015 tie him with J.D. Martinez for eighth most among big league hitters over the past three seasons. Despite that stance, the Orioles still engaged some players after the salary exchange deadline.

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 Orioles were kept out of postseason contention in 2017, their 75-87 record pitting them in the cellar of the American League East division. So, it made sense to agree to a deal now and hope he can return at his previous performance level in June. The Chicago White Sox reportedly came the closest to striking an agreement with the Baltimore Orioles in December, while the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals also pursed Machado.

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