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Machado is enjoying the best year of his career. Through 96 games, he has a .575 slugging percentage, 24 home runs and 65 RBI.
Most Orioles fans likely resigned themselves to losing him. An MLB agent told Sports Illustrated‘s Tom Verducci in April 2017 that both Machado and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals could command contracts in excess of $400 million on the open market.
Chris Davis earned the biggest deal in Orioles history when he signed for seven years and $161 million in 2016. Even if Machado doesn’t hit the $400 million mark, his next contract could more than double Baltimore’s richest