Carroll County Times

Machado displeased with token raise; Red Sox snap O's win streak

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Baltimore Orioles announced they had signed 19 players to one-year contracts Tuesday. They renewed the contract of another player, Manny Machado, and he was not happy about it.

Machado, who made $495,000 last year was given a token raise to $519,000.

Because Machado has fewer than three years of service time, the Orioles can renew him unilaterally.

"The system's never going to change. The only thing I can change is just how you go about my business and get back out there," Machado said. "I wasn't expecting a raise. I wasn't expecting anything."

Baltimore's executive vice president of baseball operations, Dan Duquette, pointed out that the team also gave the 21-year-old third baseman, who has yet to play this spring after October knee surgery, a $100,000 bonus for receiving the Platinum Glove.

"The system is weighted more towards experienced players, and we thought it was important to recognize Manny's significant contribution, not just with atta-boys but also with a bonus for his work," Duquette said.

The Orioles will consider a long-term agreement with Machado, who can't be a free agent until 2019.

"That's something we can revisit at any time. We got Manny for, what is it, five years. We can certainly revisit that. It's something we visited last year, but we can certainly do that in the future. Obviously we would like Manny to stay here," Duquette said. "Manny is going to stay with us for the foreseeable future, but beyond that we would be interested in a longer-term relationship."

Machado would consider a long-term contract.

"I'd be up for it, I'm open to it. Nothing has come up yet. We'll see what happens," Machado said.

Baltimore signed pitchers Mike Belfiore, Tim Berry, Brad Brach, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman, Miguel Gonzalez, Steve Johnson, T.J. McFarland, Josh Stinson and Chris Tillman, catchers Steve Clevenger, Johnny Monell and Michael Ohlman, infielders Michael Almanzar, Ryan Flaherty, Jonathan Schoop and Jemile Weeks, and outfielders David Lough and Henry Urrutia.

GONZALEZ NOT STRONG: Miguel Gonzalez allowed two runs on four hits in three innings in the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox before 7,647 at Ed Smith Stadium Tuesday.

Baltimore's seven-game Grapefruit League winning streak was broken. They're now 9-3.

Gonzalez, who was hit by a line drive in the left shin last Friday, gave up one walk and recorded no strikeouts.

"That's the toughest thing to be a pitcher. It's the closest place from everyone else. You try not to think about it when you're out there. You just focus on your pitches and give your team a chance to win," Gonzalez said.

Brian Matusz pitched two perfect innings. Tommy Hunter allowed his second home run to Boston's Will Middlebrooks in four days and Alfredo Aceves gave up three runs on five hits in two innings.

Adam Jones did not play. He left Tuesday afternoon to return to Baltimore for the birth of his first child.

REIMOLD GETTING AT-BATS: Nolan Reimold has missed most of the last two years because of two neck surgeries. In an effort to get him more at-bats, Showalter sent him to minor league camp temporarily.

Reimold will play in as many games as he can over the next few days, and he will lead off every inning until he feels he's had enough at-bats.

"I haven't had very many at bats the last two years and the ones I did, I wasn't exactly physically right, so you throw those out. I really haven't had too many at bats the past two years so I'm going to go down there and just start hitting," Reimold said.

OUCH: Francisco Peguero has a sprained right wrist. He's day-to-day. Alexi Casilla played his first game this spring after missing time with a strained right hamstring. Matusz, who suffered an allergic reaction after eating food with peanut oil on Sunday night, was cleared to pitch shortly before game time.

LEAVING CAMP: The Orioles reassigned three players to minor league camp: right-handed pitcher Eddie Gamboa, infielder Cord Phelps and outfielder Julio Borbon. There are 50 players left in camp. Showalter may cut a few more players on Wednesday.

COMING UP: Baltimore hosts the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday. Ubaldo Jimenez, Eduardo Rodriguez and Darren O'Day will pitch for the Orioles. A.J. Burnett, Kevin Munson, Phillippe Aumont, Jeremy Horst and Cesar Jimenez are scheduled for the Phillies.

Cal Ripken will throw out the first pitch before the game and sign copies of his new book, "Squeeze Play."