The Major League Baseball arbitration season is well underway and the Baltimore Orioles were able to reach agreements with all but one of their arbitration eligible players. Chris Davis, Troy Patton, Tommy Hunter and Brian Matusz all reached agreements with the Orioles on Friday.
Arbitration is one of the more confusing and unknown aspects of the business side of things in baseball, but does provide some interesting headlines and is basically the ability for players to get raises after three years of MLB service and before reaching free agency.
Davis, who made $3.3 million in 2013, was quite a bargain as Davis finished third in American League MVP voting after having a slash line of 286/.370/.634 with 42 doubles, 53 homers and 138 RBI. He led all of baseball in home runs and RBI, and his performance did not go unnoticed as he and the Orioles have agreed to a one year deal worth $10.35 million with additional incentives in the deal per CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. Davis will be arbitration eligible again next offseason and will become a free agent after the 2015 season.
We think he earned the $7+ million raise, any arguments?
The team also agreed to terms with Hunter, who is the front runner to be the team's closer in 2014. Tommy made $1.82 million last season and will earn $3 million in 2014. He went 6-5 with a 2.81 ERA in 68 games for the Orioles last season, and if he produces as the team's closer, he will be in line for a bigger raise next offseason.
Despite being suspended for the first 25 games of the upcoming season, Patton and the Orioles have agreed on a deal as well to avoid arbitration. Patton made $815,000 in 2013 and gets a raise to $1.27 million. He was 2-0 with a 3.70 ERA in 56 games in 2013.
Continuing on with the deals, Matusz was also able to avoid arbitration as he and the Orioles agreed on a one year deal for $2.4 million according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. In 2013, Matusz made $1.6 million and was 2-1 with a 3.53 ERA in 65 appearances and continued his dominance against left handed hitters.
Wieters was the last man standing among the Orioles arbitration eligible players, and it appears the two sides will continue to try and work out a deal. Baltimore and Wieters will have until the arbitration hearing to work out a deal or the two sides will go before an arbitrator for a hearing. It may benefit Wieters to work out a deal before the hearing however, as the Orioles have an excellent track record at winning arbitration hearings.
Bud Norris agreed to terms earlier this week, and you can view our article on his deal here.
Baltimore does a tremendous job in the arbitration process, and getting these deals done is just one more thing to mark off the list as the countdown to the 2014 season gets closer.
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