Source: Britton, Machado reach deals with O's



Zach Britton, who was a perfect 47-for-47 in save opportunities last season, has agreed to an $11.4 million deal to avoid salary arbitration with the Baltimore Orioles, a source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick on Friday.

In addition, slugger Manny Machado avoided arbitration by reaching a one-year deal for $11.5 million, and starter Chris Tillman settled with Baltimore on a one-year deal worth $10.05 million, according to multiple reports.

The Orioles also reached one-year deals with infielder Ryan Flaherty, left-hander T.J. McFarland and infielder Jonathan Schoop.

The team has exchanged arbitration numbers with right-handers Brad Brach and Kevin Gausman and catcher Caleb Joseph.

Britton had a 0.54 ERA — the lowest ever for a pitcher who worked at least 50 innings in a season — as he finished fourth in AL Cy Young Award voting and won the AL Mariano Rivera Reliever of the Year Award. In 67 innings, he allowed just 38 hits and one homer. He didn’t allow a single earned run from April 30 to Aug. 24, a span of 43 appearances.

Britton made $6.9 million last season. He was drafted in 2006 and has spent his entire career with the Orioles, compiling 120 saves, 383 strikeouts and a 3.24 ERA.

Machado, who played third base and shortstop last season, had career highs in home runs (37), batting average (.294), RBIs (96) and slugging percentage (.533). The 24-year-old, who has 105 career home runs since breaking into the majors in 2012, made $5.05 million last season.

Tillman started on Opening Day, and the right-hander was the ace of the Orioles’ staff, going 16-6.

Both Britton and Machado are scheduled to become free agents after the 2018 season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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