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Manny Machado calls $519K salary for 2014 “disappointing”

Mar 10, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

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The Orioles signed Manny Machado to a one-year, $519,000 contract renewal on Monday — standard operating procedure for a pre-arbitration player.

The salary is $19,000 more than the major league minimum and Machado also gets a $100,000 bonus for winning the 2013 Platinum Glove Award in the American League. But he is not celebrating.

According to beat writer Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the young third baseman called the salary “disappointing” in a chat with reporters on Monday evening in camp. “I’d love to be an Oriole forever,” Machado continued. “I love the organization, I love the fans here. I love everything about this, and putting the uniform on every day. I just want to be treated fairly. That’s it.”

Mike Trout‘s agent expressed a similar feeling of frustration last March when his client was renewed for just $510,000 by the Angels. But this is the agreed-upon system and it does reward players eventually.

Trout will be eligible for salary arbitration next winter. Machado becomes eligible heading into 2016.

Macahdo, 21, batted .283/.314/.432 with 51 doubles, 14 home runs, and 71 RBI in 156 games last season for Baltimore. He is hoping to be fully recovered from October knee surgery by Opening Day.

  1. big64d - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Looks like Manny has adopted well to the American life by complaining life isnt fair…. How about you ask Obama for a handout you clown!!!

    Seriously though Bryce Harper is the best .240 hitter Ive ever seen!

    • cohnjusack - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    • yahmule - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      He was born in Florida, racist sonofabitch.

    • evansox - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      What the hell are you talking about?

    • professor59 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Almost got 20 words into the comments section before some moron makes it about Obama.You suck at internet.

    • hard12dick - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      big64d…you’re a stupid SOB, he is American born citizen you stupid hillbilly

      • halfthemoney - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Dick, ignorance doesn’t equate to being a hillbilly anymore than your username equates to the truth.

  2. seanb20124 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Plays in a city where half the population is on food stamps or heroin. (Likely both). Enjoy it while it last MM.

    • jwbiii - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      seanb20124, Anybody who would comment on this subject would know that the drug testing for welfare recipients in Florida showed that they used drugs at a rate that is less than the national average. Let me rephrase that. Anybody who is smarter than a box of rocks who would comment on this subject. . .

      • agent0027 - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        I would think that anybody who is smarter than a box of rocks would realize that Baltimore is in Maryland, not Florida.

      • jwbiii - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        True enough, but Florida is the only state which required welfare recipients to take drug tests. Do you think that the behavior of the poor, with respect to buying drugs, differs much in Miami and Baltimore?

  3. chalkruz1989 - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    I usually side with the player, but in this case, I cannot. I can see why Manny Machado is frustrated, he’s surely worth more than $519,000 in the eyes of the baseball community and the Baltimore Orioles. But, if he wants to get paid like a superstar, he needs to have a stellar season and he will dot his name next to a lot of zeros.

    • bfunk1978 - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Yeah for sure he needs to do his time. Even Trout was renewed pre-arb for his second full season.

  4. Mr. No Days Off - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    People are making a huge deal about the fact that he is making only $519k while on the open market he would get more. Unfortunately for him and fortunately for the Orioles, he isn’t on the open market. The arbitration and pre-arbitration process has been in place for years and while it has its flaws, it works for both sides. You can’t blame the Orioles for not paying him more than what he got.

    • Reflex - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      It works for owners. In no way does it work for players.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      In 2012, Mike Trout played for $480K
      In 2012, Bryce Harper played for $500K

      In 2013, Mike Trout played for $510K
      In 2013, Bryce Harper played for $2,000,000

      This coming season, in 2014
      Mike Trout will play for $1,000,000
      Bryce Harper will play for $2,150,000

      So, the first two FULL seasons of Mike Trout’s career (beyond outstanding seasons we all know) he played for LESS than $1 million dollars.

      In those two SAME seasons, Bryce Harper played for $2.5 million.

      Heck, AFTER this season, Trout will have played the previous THREE seasons for LESS than $2 million or LESS than Bryce Harper made for JUST the 2013 season alone…

      Anyone out there want ONE season of Harper for MORE money than THREE seasons of Trout for less?

  5. yungdaz - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Wont be long until this guy is playing 3rd base in blue and white pinstripes

    • caeser12 - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      No, SS.

  6. rcali - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    If he continues to work hard, soon he will get a ballooned size contract that he won’t able to live up to.

  7. gymtruthteller - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    LMAO self entitled idiot. You had one decent year. Idiots like this are the reason tickets are so expensive.

  8. jiggy3198 - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Don’t forget he received a five million dollar signing bonus!!!

  9. jtw724 - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    The MLB minimum salary is $500k? How was this allowed to happen?

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