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Long-term deal with O's on Machado's wish list

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado said there's "hope" that he can remain an Oriole beyond his arbitration years after seeing Baltimore lock up Chris Davis with a seven-year, $161 million deal.

"I think it's the biggest contract in Orioles history, so I know there's hope there," Machado said on Tuesday morning at the team's spring complex. "I know they got the money for it. I know Peter [Angelos] is trying to do everything possible to bring a ring here. So whatever you got to do to bring a ring here. You got to lay it [all] on the field. And it just brings me hope that they are trying to keep everybody here and hopefully they come up with something and we can make something happen."

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado said there's "hope" that he can remain an Oriole beyond his arbitration years after seeing Baltimore lock up Chris Davis with a seven-year, $161 million deal.

"I think it's the biggest contract in Orioles history, so I know there's hope there," Machado said on Tuesday morning at the team's spring complex. "I know they got the money for it. I know Peter [Angelos] is trying to do everything possible to bring a ring here. So whatever you got to do to bring a ring here. You got to lay it [all] on the field. And it just brings me hope that they are trying to keep everybody here and hopefully they come up with something and we can make something happen."

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In addition to Davis, the Orioles also re-signed Darren O'Day and had Matt Wieters accept a qualifying offer. The club's current payroll is around $150 million (excluding players with under three years of service time) and rising with the addition of Yovani Gallardo -- expected to be made official later this week.

"They're trying to keep everybody here. That's good for me. I hope they keep me here long term," Machado said. "But the case is you can't sign everybody. You can't bring everybody back. It's just part of the business. … It's part of the things you can do, the people you can bring back, the people who you can't, people who won't be. But I think they're making an effort of bringing everybody back and keeping the same clubhouse, the same core guys coming in -- it's all about camaraderie. You put great people in the clubhouse; I think the clubhouse will be great. A lot of things will flow a lot easier. Things will go great out on the field. It just makes a lot of things easier. I think we have one of the best clubhouses in the game. I'm just fortunate to be a part of it and hopefully I'm here for a long time."

Machado is coming off a career year in which he was the only player in the Major Leagues to appear in all 162 games. The All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner said he's going to do everything possible to repeat the feat.

"It was a great accomplishment last year. I enjoyed it. It was awesome," Machado said. "I was able to say I was the only one to do it. Like I said, as long as you go out there every day on the field, you're able to do something. You might go 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, but it's just the beauty of the game. The next day you could go 4-for-4 with four homers. It just gives the opportunity to do something well for your team and something well for yourself. And at the end of the day, it's a great accomplishment at the end of the day that you can play 162."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com.

 

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