Machado on having ‘hope’ the Orioles will be able to keep him
Welcome to the first day of full squad reports. There are no bullpen sessions today for pitchers and the team’s customary “night out” tonight with manager Buck Showalter in advance of Wednesday’s first team workout .
The big news this morning was Manny Machado holding court, as the third baseman talked by his locker for about 10 minutes as he fielded questions from a media throng. I’ll have a full story on Machado up shortly on Orioles.com, but here’s one of the highlights.
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. “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.”
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— and the likely addition of outfielder Dexter Fowler.
“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.”