Orioles and Manny Machado avoid arbitration

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The Baltimore Orioles don't appear likely to trade Manny Machado before the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season, but that hasn't stopped teams from trying to acquire him. Despite that stance, the Orioles still engaged some players after the salary exchange deadline.

Because they tendered Britton a contract before the injury, and because the injury occurred while in the capacity of preparing for the season, the belief is the Orioles would have to pay most, if not all, of his salary even if they cut him before the season. Schoop agreed previous year to a $3.475 million contract, but after a Most Valuable Oriole season in 2017 the second baseman will more than double his salary.

However, Donaldson already made $17 million last year, the final year of a two-year contract negotiated by the Blue Jays after his MVP season in 2015. However, he was taken with the No. 3 pick in 2010 and settled on a $5.25 million contract with the Orioles just before the deadline.

Shortstop Tim Beckham agreed to a $3.35 million deal for 2018, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun.

Before Donaldson's deal, no player negotiating through the arbitration process had received a $20 million contract.

Right-hander Kevin Gausman and second baseman Jonathan Schoop have yet to reach agreement on salaries for 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. Joseph declined the offer and lost his trial.

Several teams were reportedly trying to trade for Machado during the Winter Meetings, though Arizona wasn't named among the teams trying to make a deal. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports also confirmed the deal. If Baltimore does decide to trade Machado, they might be reluctant to send him to an AL East rival like the Yankees or Red Sox. While going to an arbitration hearing may not be as contentious as it seems, a potential hearing can't be good for the relationship between Machado and the Orioles, especially after Machado has spent most of the offseason hearing his name the subject of swirling trade rumors.

This story will be updated.

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