Closer Jim Johnson one of several arbitration-eligible Orioles who will be getting a big raise in this winter will be offered a contract for 2014 executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said prior to Friday's game against the Red Sox.

"Jim Johnson is one of our core players" said Duquette who has emphasized keeping that core intact for the organization to sustain success. "Jimmy has done something historic in terms of the numbers of games he's saved over the last couple years so he's established significant value. He came into the job last year I think he had nine saves in his career and over the last two years he has over 100 99."

Johnson could earn a salary bump up to the $8 million-9 million range despite nine blown saves which is the most in baseball. He became the first Orioles pitcher to record two 40-save seasons last month and he set a club record with 35 consecutive conversions from July 30 2012-May 10 2013. The 29-year-old right-hander made $6.5 million in 2013 -- a significant jump up from his $2.625 million salary the year prior -- with the two sides agreeing to middle ground (Johnson's camp requested $7.1 million and the Orioles countered with $5.7 million) on the deal this winter.