MLB Trade Rumors: Manny Machado Being Pursued By Arizona Diamondbacks

Sep 26 2017 Pittsburgh PA USA Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado at bat against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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Orioles and INF Manny Machado avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $16 million contract.

Arizona was fourth in the NL in runs scored last season, and they finished second with a.445 slugging percentage. Despite that stance, the Orioles still engaged some players after the salary exchange deadline.

The 2017 season was a down year for a player of Machado's caliber, as the third baseman got off to a cold start.

Britton, 29, was limited to 38 games while battling an MCL sprain in his left knee and had a 2.89 ERA and 15 saves.

The Orioles employed the same "file and trial" stance previous year, 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.

Major League Baseball trade rumors for Manny Machado have been buzzing all Major League Baseball hot stove season. Machado had been named an All-Star in three of the four years prior but was passed over in 2017. Right-handed reliever Brad Brach also went to an arbitration hearing last year, handing the Orioles their only arbitration hearing defeat in 22 years. But, having Machado and Paul Goldschmidt locked up at the corner for years to come would keep them in contention, for sure.

While the Orioles are prepared to hold on to Machado and Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has said his focus has turned to other offseason priorities, the team has continued to field offers. Machado, who was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter, has seen his name pop up in plenty of trade rumors. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand says the deal also includes awards bonuses.

This story will be updated.

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