Most fans don’t care about salary arbitration. They just want to know who’s going to be on the field for the Orioles this year.
Chris Davis and Matt Wieters will be playing for the Orioles this year, and are under club control for next year, too. But, the next few weeks may be critical in the club’s relationship with the two.
Davis and Wieters will exchange salary figures with the Orioles on Friday, assuming neither comes to an agreement.
It’s possible to cash in on one-year contracts as David Price ($14 million) and Jim Johnson ($10 million) have evidenced.
Davis and Wieters will get hefty raises for 2014, and the Orioles will want to lock them up for the long-term. They’d like to avoid arbitration with the two.
Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz and Troy Patton also will exchange numbers with the team assuming there isn’t an agreement on Friday morning.
Bud Norris agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million contract on Friday, though the team hasn’t officially announced it. He gets a raise from $3 million.
They also haven’t officially announced the signing of outfielder Tyler Colvin, either.
The Orioles didn’t want to pay Johnson $10 million this year. That’s why they traded him. Johnson is highly unlikely to be with the Oakland Athletics for the long term, and the Orioles weren’t going to spend that kind of money on a closer, particularly when Davis and Wieters are up for extensions.
Arbitration hearings begin next month.