Donaldson, Machado, Bryant, Rendon in arbitration hot corner

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The Orioles have spent a portion of their offseason exploring potential trade options for Machado, who can become a free agent after next season.

The Baltimore Orioles agreed to one-year deals with third baseman Manny Machado and injured closer Zach Britton on Friday, thus avoiding arbitration.

Britton, who is expected to miss the first half of the season after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon while doing sprints in December, agreed to a $12 million deal. The initial timeline for his return was set at six months. However, the two sides were able to find common ground. Machado had been named an All-Star in three of the four years prior but was passed over in 2017.

A three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove victor, Machado was the most intriguing name floating around the hot stove because he's capable of turning a good team into instant contenders. The 30-year-old left-hander made $11.4 million last season, when he had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA. Coming into 2017, Machado's career batting average was over.280, but his mark of.259 past year lowered his total to.279.

The Orioles also reached one-year deals with shortstop Tim Beckham ($3.35 million), right-hander Brad Brach ($5,165,000) and catcher Caleb Joseph ($1.25 million).

Britton earned $11.4 million in 2017.

The Baltimore Orioles don't appear likely to trade Manny Machado before the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season, but that hasn't stopped teams from trying to acquire him. The 27-year-old former No. 1 draft pick hit.306 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs in 50 games with the O's after being acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays ahead of last year's trade deadline.

That left the Orioles with two arbitration-eligible players Friday afternoon: pitcher Kevin Gausman and second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

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