Johnson, Hammel avoid arbitration, sign one-year contracts

Johnson, Hammel avoid arbitration, sign one-year contracts
February 8, 2013, 9:00 pm

Jim Johnson, who led the major leagues in saves with 51 last season, and Jason Hammel, reached agreement with the Orioles on a new one-year contracts on Friday night.

Johnson and Hammel had both filed for arbitration. Johnson’s figure was $7.1 million. The Orioles countered with $5.7 million and Johnson settled for $6.5 million, a huge increase over his $2.325 million salary in 2012.

During last month’s FanFest, Johnson, who was 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA and selected for his first All-Star team, didn’t seem terribly nervous about the arbitration process, saying that he expected his contract to be settled without a hearing.

Hammel, who was 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA, signed for $6.75 million. He had asked for $8.25 million. The Orioles’ figure was $5.7 million

Darren O’Day is the only Oriole who has filed for arbitration and not yet settled.