The Orioles have agreed to a one-year, $1.025 million deal with outfielder Nolan Reimold, according to an industry source.
Reimold, who batted .195 with five homers in just 40 games last year due to a spine/neck injury that required surgery in July, made $1 million in 2013. So the guaranteed agreement represents a slight raise in base pay; it would increase if he meets certain performance incentives based on plate appearances.
The 30-year-old outfielder, who has been with the organization since being drafted in the second round in 2005, played in just 16 games in 2012 due to the neck condition. In his five seasons with the Orioles, Reimold is a .252 career hitter, with a .327 on-base percentage and 41 homers in 1,056 plate appearances.
He didn’t play after July 13 last season, and later that month underwent a second neck/spine surgery, which Reimold and the team believe was successful. He is expected to be ready for spring training. This was his second year of arbitration eligibility.
The Orioles have eight other players that are arbitration eligible: catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Chris Davis, outfielder Steve Pearce and pitchers Tommy Hunter, Jim Johnson, Brian Matusz, Bud Norris and Troy Patton.
The club must tender those players a contract before tonight’s midnight deadline or they can become free agents. It is expected that all eight will receive contracts, though the team has explored trades for some of the players.
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