Major League Baseball trade rumors: Diamondbacks continue 'persistent' pursuit of Manny Machado

Major League Baseball trade rumors: Diamondbacks continue 'persistent' pursuit of Manny Machado

The Baltimore Orioles and third baseman Manny Machado have come to terms on a $16 million contract for 2018, according to a Friday report from Marc Feinsand of MLB.com, who noted that the deal also includes incentives for awards.

Recent rumors surfaced that the Arizona Diamondbacks were in initial talks with the Orioles regarding Machado, where it's unknown at this time if those negotiations are still in progress with these new developments.

Last year Machado earned a base salary of $11.5 million.

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Absolutely. Now, Machado's numbers dropped a bit from his past production, but with a significant contract season approaching, expect the version that hit a robust.280 to show up and not the mark of.259 of 2017.

The 25-year-old All-Star was one of the highest-profile arbitration-eligible players this offseason. Gausman and Schoop have the same representation, The Legacy Agency. If they fall out of contention early, they could deal him at the deadline.

The Orioles finished 75-87 last season, last place in the American League East. Rosenthal characterized Arizona as the most persistent among the interested teams. As a Super Two qualifier, Britton was the beneficiary of four arbitration-eligible seasons, and received a $4.65 million raise following a star-studded 2016 season that saw him convert all 47 save attempts. If they keep him for the season, they could receive a compensatory pick after he turns down a qualifying offer. So, it made sense to agree to a deal now and hope he can return at his previous performance level in June. USA Today and FanRag Sports first had the Schoop and Gausman filings, respectively.

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