The Baltimore Orioles have officially signed all players that were previously eligible for arbitration as of yesterday afternoon. Last season the club went to arbitration with pitcher Brad Bergesen and won, while they came to terms with Adam Jones on the eve of his scheduled arbitration hearing. (Of course later on in the year the O’s signed Jones to a multi-year contract extension.) However in 2013 none of that will be an issue, as the team is set with all of it’s players inked to deals. The club agreed to a reported $6.75 million salary with closer Jim Johnson, while Jason Hammel agreed to a salary of somewhere between $8.25 and $6.75 million.
The Orioles also avoided arbitration with sidearm reliever Darren O’Day, signing him to a two-year contract worth a reported $5.4 million. (Reportedly there’s also a $4.25 million team option for 2015 with a $400,000 buyout.) The Orioles only needed to come to contract/salary terms with O’Day for 2013, however they went ahead and took care of him for next year also. In the world of relief pitchers, a two-year contract is a long-term deal. I think this tells us something about the past, present, and future. Dan Duquette recognizes that the bullpen has been a sore spot on the club for quite some time (preceding his arrival). So they felt O’Day did a good job for them last year, and went ahead and signed him potentially through 2015.
O’s Sign All Arbitration-Eligible Players
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