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Orioles, Jonathan Schoop avoid arbitration

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The Orioles and second baseman Jonathan Schoop have avoided arbitration, agreeing on an $8.5 million salary for the 2018 season, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Schoop had been eligible for arbitration for the second of three years. He requested $9 million and the Orioles countered at $7.5 million, so $8.5 million is just a bit above the midpoint between those two figures.

Schoop, 26, hit a productive .293/.338/.503 with 32 home runs and 105 RBI in 675 plate appearances last season. His performance resulted in his first All-Star nomination and he finished 12th in AL MVP Award balloting.

Schoop will have a new double play partner this coming season.¬†Shortstop J.J. Hardy‘s 2018 option was declined, which prompted Manny Machado to shift over to shortstop from third base.