The Orioles have reduced their number of arbitration eligible players to five, agreeing on Thursday with right-hander Bud Norris to a 2014 contract valued at $5.3 million, according to an industry source.
Norris, 28, made $3 million last year when he went 10-12 with a 4.18 ERA in 32 games with the Orioles and Houston Astros. Traded by the Astros for outfielder L.J. Hoes and minor leaguer pitcher Josh Hader on July 31, Norris was 4-3 with a 4.80 ERA in 11 games (nine starts) for the Orioles. He is expected to be a member of the club’s rotation in 2014.
The Orioles now have five players that are still arbitration eligible: first baseman Chris Davis, catcher Matt Wieters, and pitchers Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz and Troy Patton. Clubs have until noon Friday to reach agreements with their players before the sides officially exchange binding arbitration numbers.
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If a deal cannot be agreed upon, a three-member arbitration panel will choose one salary number or the other during a hearing some time in February.
The Orioles have not taken a player to arbitration since they won against Brad Bergesen in 2012. Their last hearing before that was in 2006.