The Orioles have added the veteran starting pitcher they were seeking this offseason, agreeing to terms Sunday night with right-hander Justin Duchscherer on a one-year, major-league contract pending a physical.
Duchscherer, 33, chose the Orioles over the Washington Nationals and the Seattle Mariners, partially because he wanted to be close to his son in southern New Jersey and also because the Orioles will create a spot for him in their rotation and won't be using him as a reliever, a role he held for much of his eight seasons in the majors.
He will make $700,000 in a base contract that will increase to $1.1 million whenever he is put on the 25-man roster (that will be prorated if it is later than Opening Day). He has incentives based on games started that will continue to build and eventually would bring his salary to $4.5 million if he makes 30 starts in 2011. He also has a standard awards bonus package that includes an additional $100,000 if he is named Comeback Player of the Year. His physical will be either Tuesday or Wednesday.
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