By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun
2:23 PM EST, January 16, 2012
The next Orioles deadline of note is Tuesday at noon, when the club officially exchanges figures with its arbitration eligible players.
They had seven arbitration-eligible players for whom they offered contracts – and five remain unsigned.
The Orioles agreed to a $1.35 million deal with reliever Darren O’Day, whom the Orioles claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers this offseason. O’Day received a $100,000 bump.
The club also settled with lefty Dana Eveland, acquired in December from the Los Angeles Dodgers. He agreed to a $750,000 deal.
The five others are: pitchers Jeremy Guthrie, Jim Johnson, Brad Bergesen, infielder Robert Andino and outfielder Adam Jones.
If they don’t settle, the sides will file arbitration figures Tuesday in preparation for a hearing – in February – in which an independent arbiter chooses one number or the other. The sides can negotiate up until the hearing, and often do.
The Orioles have not gone to arbitration with a player since beating former pitcher Rodrigo Lopez before the 2006 season.
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