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
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.