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. Machado made $11.5 million in 2017.
Machado has one year left on his contract before becoming a free agent.
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.
Arizona was fourth in the NL in runs scored last season, and they finished second with a.445 slugging percentage.More news: Karni Sena members held while protesting outside CBFC office
However, Donaldson already made $17 million last year, the final year of a two-year contract negotiated by the Blue Jays after his MVP season in 2015.
Catcher Caleb Joseph received a raise from $700,000 to $1.25 million and shortstop Tim Beckham received a hefty salary from $885,000 a year ago (with the Tampa Bay Rays) to $3.35 million for 2018.
Before Donaldson's deal, no player negotiating through the arbitration process had received a $20 million contract.
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who is most closely compared to Machado due to their star power and earning potential as they reach free agency following this season at age 26, will receive $21.625 million next year, an $8 million raise, as part of a deal negotiated last season to buy out his final arbitration year.More news: Donald Trump cancels UK visit, blames embassy relocation
Although the 1 p.m. arbitration-filing deadline passed with no news, the Orioles took care of a lot of business Friday afternoon, agreeing to contracts with five of their seven arbitration-eligible players: Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Caleb Joseph and Tim Beckham. If they keep him for the season, they could receive a compensatory pick after he turns down a qualifying offer. Before the deal was complete, Machado had been linked to several other teams, including the Yankees, White Sox and Red Sox.
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