MLB Trade Rumors: Manny Machado Being Pursued By Arizona Diamondbacks

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado

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Machado was obviously the most interesting case heading into Friday, considering he has been the subject of trade rumors in his last season before free agency.

It's hard to believe that Machado is only 25 years old, but it's unclear if the Diamondbacks are looking to lock him up to a long-term deal or use as a one-year rental. Machado had been named an All-Star in three of the four years prior but was passed over in 2017. The Chicago White Sox reportedly came the closest to striking an agreement with the Baltimore Orioles in December, while the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals also pursed Machado.

The Arizona Diamondbacks - according to Major League Baseball trade rumors - are in early talks with the Baltimore Orioles in acquiring the All-Star slugger.

Arizona was fourth in the NL in runs scored last season, and they finished second with a.445 slugging percentage.

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Machado, a third baseman for most of his six years in the majors, has voiced his desire to move to shortstop. He's also finished top five in MVP voting for the AL twice, 2015 and 2016.

Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 25, 2016 in Baltimore.

Technically, the Orioles could have offered up to a 20 percent cut in Britton's salary, but the 30-year-old pitcher and his agent, Scott Boras, certainly would have had a strong case before an arbitration panel that Britton didn't deserve a paycut after an effective - albeit truncated - 2017.

With Machado now signed, the Orioles know they will have their superstar for at least one more year. He bounced back from a slow start to hit.290 with a.326 on-base percentage and a.500 slugging percentage after the All-Star Game.

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