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

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

The Orioles employed the same "file and trial" stance a year ago, but agreed to terms with right-hander Kevin Gausman two weeks after the salary figure exchange deadline and also made catcher Caleb Joseph an 11th-hour offer before his arbitration hearing. Gausman and Schoop have the same representation, The Legacy Agency. 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.

The 25-year-old Machado, whom the Orioles are considering moving back to shortstop next season, hit.259 with 33 home runs and 95 RBIs in 2017.

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. Right-handed reliever Brad Brach also went to an arbitration hearing last year, handing the Orioles their only arbitration hearing defeat in 22 years. Machado and Britton can both become free agents after this season.

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There are plenty of reasons why Machado would make sense for Arizona.

The Orioles finished 75-87 last season, last place in the American League East. But, having Machado and Paul Goldschmidt locked up at the corner for years to come would keep them in contention, for sure. So, it made sense to agree to a deal now and hope he can return at his previous performance level in June.

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