By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun
7:29 PM EST, January 11, 2013
The Orioles agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with Nolan Reimold on Friday, avoiding arbitration with the 29-year-old outfielder.
Reimold began 2012 as the Orioles starting left fielder and leadoff hitter, but he was limited to just 16 games because of a herniated disk in his neck, which eventually required surgery. He is expected to be ready to play in spring training.
This was the first year of arbitration eligibility for Reimold, who batted .313 with five homers in 67 at-bats last April. He made $490,500 in 2012.
The Orioles now have eight players that remain eligible for arbitration: catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Chris Davis and pitchers Jim Johnson, Jason Hammel, Darren O’Day, Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz and Troy Patton.
The sides will submit their figures for arbitration next Friday if the cases aren’t settled before that. If no settlement can be reached, an independent arbiter will choose one figure or the other at a hearing in February or March.
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