Orioles avoid arbitration with Machado, Britton
FILE - Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado celebrates his grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Orioles agreed to a $16 million contract with third baseman Manny Machado and a $12 million deal with injured closer Zach Britton, avoiding arbitration with both stars.
Machado, who can become a free agent after this season, hit .259 with 33 homers and 95 RBIs last year, when he made $11.5 million. He has been mentioned in persistent trade rumors.
Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training and could miss part of the 2018 season. The 30-year-old left-hander made $11.4 million last season, when he had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA. In 2016, he had a 0.54 ERA and was perfect in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47.
Britton also can also become a free agent after this season.