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Baltimore Orioles Rumors: Team Not Discussing Extension With Manny Machado

The Baltimore Orioles are currently not engaged in long-term contract extension negotiations with Manny Machado

Dan Duquette, the General Manager of the Baltimore Orioles went on MLB Network Radio in which the topic of the team's all-star third baseman, Manny Machado came up. Duquette spoke to two former GM's (Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette) that the team and Machado currently were not actively discussing a long-term contract extension.

Machado, still just 24 years old, is under contract through the 2018 season, but already received a hefty pay raise during his first year of arbitration this past off-season as he jumped from the league minimum of $500K to $5 million and now MLB Trade Rumors has him projected to double that in 2017, coming in at $11.2 million.

Again, despite just being 24 and he won't turn 25 until July, Machado has been in the majors for five seasons and he's been a perennial All-Star, Gold Glover, and MVP candidate since becoming a major league regular. Over his career, he is averaging over 20 HR a season while slashing .284/.333/.477 since 2012.

Since his debut, he's 10th in the majors in fWAR with 23.0. Machado will certainly receive another handsome raise in 2018, and the allure locking Machado in as Baltimore's everyday third baseman for years to come is appealing, but will come at a heavy cost to the Orioles budget. 

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