Manny Machado avoided a season-ending knee injury for the first time since his 2012 rookie season, but that was the least of his 2015 accomplishments. He broke out in a big way, setting career highs for batting average (.286), home runs (35), RBI (86), runs (102) and stolen bases (20), finishing as the third-ranked third baseman in Fantasy value. Had Machado hit more frequently in the heart of the Orioles' order, as opposed to the leadoff spot, he could have accumulated enough RBI to overtake Nolan Arenado as the No. 2 third baseman in Fantasy. Regardless of his spot in the order, it will likely take a pick late in the first round to acquire Machado's services, and even earlier in leagues where his seven games at shortstop make him eligible at that position.
Machado and the Orioles agreed to terms on a one-year, $5 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, the Baltimore Sun reports. It's a healthy raise for the star third baseman, who made only $485,000 in 2015. The All-Star hit .286/.359/.502 with a career-high 35 home runs, but the team and Machado are yet to get into advanced talks about a long-term contract. Machado is set to hit free agency following the 2018 season.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado went 1 for 4 with a solo homer in Saturday's Game 2 victory over the Yankees. Machado is wrapping up 2015 on a homer tear, with Saturday night's solo shot marking his second dinger of the day and making it four consecutive contests with at least one long ball. The superstar third baseman has also totaled 8 RBI over those four games, and has set benchmarks in every offensive category in what has been a breakout campaign.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado went 1 for 4 with his 30th homer -- a two-run shot -- against the Nationals on Wednesday. Machado's career high in homers entering this season was just 14, but he hit a dozen in half a season last year, portending this season's power breakout. The great thing is, at age 23, Machado hasn't even entered his best years.
Orioles 3B Manny Machado was 2 for 5 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs scored in Tuesday's 6-5 victory over the Red Sox. Machado continues to add to his banner 2015 and is likely just tapping into his considerable potential. Tuesday's effort was already his fourth multi-hit outing of September, and he has now reached base safely by hit or walk in 14 consecutive contests dating back to Aug. 31. Machado continues on pace to close out the season with career-best numbers in every major offensive category.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado went 4 for 5 at the plate to help lead the O's to a 5-0 win over the Angels. Machado hit his 24th home run of the season off Garrett Richards in the fifth inning. The solo shot was his only RBI in the game. Prior to Saturday's four-hit game, Machado was hitting .277 with three home runs and six RBI in his last 16 games.
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