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

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

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who is most closely compared to Machado due to their star power and earning potential as they reach free agency following this season at age 26, will receive $21.625 million next year, an $8 million raise, as part of a deal negotiated last season to buy out his final arbitration year. 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 reportedly signed a one-year, $16 million deal to avoid arbitration Friday. 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. Schoop filed at $9 million and the Orioles filed at $7.5 million.

One of baseball's superstar third basemen, Machado has made three American League All-Star teams and earned two Gold Gloves in six seasons.

Shortstop Tim Beckham agreed to a $3.35 million deal for 2018, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun. They could still trade him before or during the season, but their lineup is more unsafe with him as a part of it. So that salary should not be a hindrance if the Orioles do trade Machado this year.

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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.

Arizona was fourth in the NL in runs scored last season, and they finished second with a.445 slugging percentage. So, it made sense to agree to a deal now and hope he can return at his previous performance level in June.

The Britton and Brach news was reported by BaltimoreBaseball.com and confirmed by industry sources. USA Today and FanRag Sports first had the Schoop and Gausman filings, respectively.

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