The Orioles signed right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter to a one year-contract on Monday, avoiding arbitration. Last week, the Orioles were happy to settle on a new contract with Nolan Reimold without going to arbitration.
Reimold settled for a $1 million, which more than doubled his salary despite missing most of the season with a herniated disc in his neck.
The Orioles have seven more contracts to settle with arbitration-elgible players: Chris Davis, Jason Hammel, Jim Johnson, Brian Matusz, Darren O’Day, Troy Patton and Matt Wieters.
If a contract has been settled on by Friday, the two sides must exchange figures. If there’s no settlement by early next month, the sides go to arbitration, and that’s no fun.
Last year, the Orioles traded Jeremy Guthrie the morning of his arbitration hearing. Always eager for a discussion, Guthrie seemed a lot more eager for arbitration than did the Orioles.
The team did go the arbitration route with Brad Bergesen. Bergesen lost, but still got a hefty increase. That he wanted to go the arb route annoyed the team, and he never pitched for them again.
Dan Duquette would like to avoid arbitration, especially with Johnson and Wieters, two players the team may want to extend in the near future.