The Orioles agreed to terms with outfielder Steve Pearce, agreeing to a one-year, $850,000 contract, avoiding arbitration in his second year of arbitration eligibility, according to an industry source.
Pearce’s deal includes some performance bonus incentives. Pearce, 30, made $700,000 last year in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
Pearce hit .261/.362/.420 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 139 plate appearances this past season.
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He had two stints on the disabled list with wrist injuries that affected his swing. Pearce began the season hitless in his first 17 at-bats, but he hit .316/.458/.500 in 16 games after the All-Star break.
Pearce earned one of the club’s final roster spots in spring training and played primarily as a right-handed left fielder and designated hitter. He hit .267/.375/.427 against left-handed pitching.
Earlier Monday, the Orioles also agreed to terms with outfielder Nolan Reimold on a one-year, $1.025 million deal, also avoiding arbitration.
Reimold, who played in just 40 games last season because of a spine/neck injury that required surgery in July, made $1 million in 2013.
The Orioles are expected to tender contracts to their other seven arbitration-eligible players before tonight's midnight deadline, but could also make an 11th-hour trade.