Davis, Wieters, four other Orioles file for arbitration

Davis, Wieters, four other Orioles file for arbitration
January 14, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Six Orioles have filed for salary arbitration. Chris Davis, Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, Bud Norris, Troy Patton and Matt Wieters are among the 146 eligible major leaguers who filed on Tuesday according to the Players Association.

By Friday, the sides will exchange figures, and most, if not all of the players will sign before arbitration hearings, which would take place next month.

The Orioles have expressed interest in long-term contracts with Davis and Wieters, and may explore that now. Davis and Wieters are likely to get substantial raises.

Patton, who will miss the first 25 games due to a suspension for amphetamine use, may be a most interesting case, too.

Pitcher Brad Bergesen was the last Oriole to go to arbitration, in 2012, and he lost his case. The team has won nine of its last 10 arbitration cases. Jeremy Guthrie was about to go to arbitration in 2012 as well, but he was traded the morning of his hearing.