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Winter meetings could give Orioles clarity on Manny Machado's long-term future with club

Winter meetings could give Orioles clarity on Manny Machado's long-term future with club

While the Orioles front office continues to declare that it has no plans to trade third baseman Manny Machado this offseason, this week’s winter meetings will begin to give the team more clarity whether the franchise has any chance — or willingness — to keep its top all-around player long term.

Machado is scheduled for free agency at the end of the 2018 season, and there is no sign of movement in retaining the three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner before he could hit the open market at the age of 26. At this point, it seems unlikely the Orioles will be able to retain the superstar third baseman, but the team hasn’t written off that possibility quite yet..

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