Machado open to extension talks with O's
BALTIMORE -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who is arbitration-eligible this offseason, said he'd be open to discussing a contract extension with the organization.
"Yeah, why not? This is the organization I play for, this is the organization I love," Machado said. "This is the only organization I know. I'd definitely be interested in talking. We'll see what when that day comes."
Machado was the only player in the Major Leagues to play all 162 games this season, and he entered Sunday with 35 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Named to the All-Star team, Machado also showcased some Gold Glove-caliber defense and said he wouldn't be swayed by what the organization does regarding its six free agents (Chris Davis, Wei-Yin Chen, Darren O'Day, Matt Wieters, Gerardo Parra and Steve Pearce) this offseason.
Machado knows it will be a big offseason for the Orioles and, like Adam Jones did recently, he voiced the need for the organization to make some moves.
"Definitely, I'm not saying I'm a nobody here, but I'm just here to play baseball. Adam, obviously, is here. He's a franchise player. He has definitely more of a voice than anybody in this clubhouse. He wants [Davis back]. We all want him to come back. At the same time, we know it's a business. If someone offers him more money somewhere else, people are going to offer other people more money somewhere else, but at the end of the day, we need Davis here. We need O'Day here. We need all the other free agents, Chen, all the guys that helped us get to a winning organization. Definitely, you don't want to see them leave, but it's tough to stay."