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Orioles agree to $8.8 million deal with Bud Norris to avoid arbitration
Orioles agree to $8.8 million deal with Bud Norris to avoid arbitration

The Orioles have reduced their number of arbitration cases to four, agreeing to a one-year, $8.8 million deal with right-hander Bud Norris on Monday. Norris, 29, was 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts last year for the Orioles. He made $5.3 million in 2014 and was asking for a raise to $10.25 million for 2015. The Orioles had countered with $7.5 million -- which seemed to be a rather large gap between the two figures. But the sides settled just below the midpoint. Along with the $8.8 million in guaranteed money, Norris also can receive a $25,000 bonus if he pitches 180 innings this season and an additional $50,000 if he reaches 200 innings. He also would get $50,000 in bonuses if he...

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