The Orioles have settled one of their six arbitration cases, agreeing Sunday with center fielder Adam Jones on a one-year, $3.25 million deal. That's up from the $465,000 he made last year when the club unilaterally renewed his contract.
"Glad I can get to work," Jones said via a text message. "Ready to get on the field and with my teammates."
In 2010, his third full season with the Orioles, Jones, 25, hit .284 with 19 homers and 69 RBIs in 149 games. This was his first year in which he was eligible for arbitration. He has two more years of potential arbitration; he's not a free agent until after the 2013 season.
Heading into Tuesday, when the club and its players officially file numbers, the Orioles still have five players facing arbitration: outfielders Luke Scott and Felix Pie, shortstop J.J. Hardy and pitchers Jim Johnson and Jeremy Guthrie.
If the sides can’t settle, a hearing will be set within the next few weeks and an independent arbitrator will choose one of the two salary figures submitted.
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