Orioles settle with O'Day; five still arbitration eligible

The Baltimore Sun

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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