Asked Sunday morning who has stood out to him in Orioles camp thus far, Dan Duquette rattled off a list of names including Hunter Harvey, DJ Stewart, Ryan Mountcastle, Tanner Scott and Chance Sisco, before adding, "Manny Machado looks like he's poised to have a good year." Then Duquette smiled. The Orioles' franchise player is entering his final year before free agency, and although Baltimore fielded offers for the three-time All-Star this winter, the shortstop-turned-third-baseman-turned-shortstop is still with the club and has gotten off to a blazing start this spring. Could the Orioles try to work out an extension with Machado, who would undoubtedly be one of the most sought-after free agents next offseason if he reaches the open market? "I would never say never, but we're going to be more focused on '18 than beyond," Duquette said. "I don't really know what's going to happen beyond that." Despite the fact that Machado's future will continue to be a hot topic of conversation throughout the year, Duquette seems unconcerned about it becoming a distraction for either Machado or his team. "Not the way he's going about his job," Duquette said. "It looks to me like he's going to have a good year. He's leaner, more fit than I've ever seen him." Machado isn't the Orioles' only potential free agent. Duquette, the Orioles' executive vice president of baseball operations, and manager Buck Showalter are also entering the final year of their respective contracts, as are center fielder Adam Jones and relievers Zach Britton and Brad Brach.
Dan Duquette ready for final run with Machado, core
MLB.com | Mar 5