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Chris Davis has more than 10 million reasons to be happy about his wonderful 2013 season. On Friday, Davis and the Orioles reached an agreement on a one-year, $10.35 million contract according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com.
Last year, Davis, who hit a club record 53 home runs and had 138 RBIs, made $3.3 million. Now, he gets a raise of just over $7 million, and the club avoids arbitration while it tries to work out a long-term arrangement.
Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz and Troy Patton also reportedly settled on one-year contracts, though the Orioles have not yet officially announced any of the deals. Bud Norris reached an agreement on Friday, and that has not been announced, either.
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Matt Wieters is only one of the Orioles eligible for arbitration who did not reach an agreement. Wieters and the Orioles still have several weeks to settle on a contract without going to arbitration.
The Orioles would prefer to avoid arbitration with Wieters, who they are also eager to sign for the long term.