Manny Machado’s contract has been renewed by the Baltimore Orioles at a slight raise, albeit not nearly enough to satisfy the All-Star third baseman.
The 21-year-old will receive $519,000 – $19,000 above the major league minimum – and would earn an additional $100,000 for winning the 2013 Platinum Glove Award as the A.L.’s best defensive player.
Machado had a $495,000 base salary last season and earned $25,000 for making the A.L. All-Star team.
Teams had until Tuesday to reach agreements with unsigned players on their 40-man rosters, and players not eligible for arbitration were subject to unilateral renewal by their clubs.
“It’s the system, and the system is never going to change,” Machado said Tuesday. “It sucks. The only thing I can control is to go out there and play and be the best player I can be. Go out there and play. Play for the fans.”
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette felt it was important to reward Machado with a raise, but for the most part he stayed true to baseball rules that give control to the club.
“The system is weighted more toward experienced players and we thought it was important to recognize Manny’s significant contribution, not just with attaboys, but also with a bonus for his work,” Duquette said.
Machado has yet to play this spring training following offseason knee surgery.
Since he can’t do anything about his contract, Machado will focus on getting back in the lineup.
Clearing the bases
Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball into the fourth inning of his spring debut for the Tigers, a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays. … Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka has made his third start for the Yankees in a simulated game. Tanaka, who signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January, struck out nine of 18 batters he faced in four innings. He gave up three hits, including a solo homer, to a pair of minor leaguers. … Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has injured a ligament in his right elbow for the second time in less than four years, and Atlanta says it is too early to determine the extent of the damage.
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