Orioles first baseman Mark Trumbo avoided salary arbitration Thursday, agreeing to a one-year, $9.15 million contract, according to an industry source.
Trumbo, who was acquired from the Seattle Mariners with left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser for catcher Steve Clevenger on Dec. 2, is the first of eight Orioles who filed for salary arbitration to settle.
The salary arbitration process determines the salary for players who are under team control but are not signed to long-term contracts. If the team and player can't agree on contract terms, an independent panel hears the case.
On Tuesday, eight Orioles filed for arbitration, a list highlighted by third baseman Manny Machado and pitchers Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez and Zach Britton. Relievers Brad Brach and Brian Matusz, and infielder Ryan Flaherty also filed.
There were initially 12 arbitration-eligible players on the roster, but outfielder Nolan Reimold and Vance Worley signed contracts to avoid it, and David Lough and shortstop Paul Janish were not tendered contracts. Janish reportedly signed a minor league deal to return to the club.
The seven unsigned arbitration-eligible players will exchange salary figures with the Orioles on Friday should they not reach an agreement before then. Outfielder Alejandro De Aza was the only player who required a hearing to settle the dispute last season.
Trumbo hit .262/.310/.499 with 22 homers and 62 RBIs in 142 games between the Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. He is projected to be the Orioles first baseman should free agent Chris Davis not rejoin the team.