The Baltimore Orioles infield defense has been stellar over the years, but how much longer will it stay intact?
The Baltimore Orioles infield has been one of the most stable infields in all of baseball. An infield of Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy, Jonathan Schoop, and Chris Davis have been the backbone of the Orioles defense.
In 2016, that backbone infield committed only 38 errors, on their way to finishing with the fewest errors in the American League. The Detroit Tigers were right on their heels with 40.
The Orioles infield has been the talk of the league, but just how much longer will they be able to stick together?
Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement allows the Luxury Tax Threshold to increase dramatically over the next five years. By 2020, the threshold will be at $208M.
Any team that eclipses that limit are subject to a 50-60% (of team salary) penalty fee.
Machado is assumed to be preparing for one of the biggest contracts in Major League Baseball history. Which team it will be with though, remains unclear.
The Orioles have Machado for at least this season and next.