Orioles beat writers Eduardo Encina and Jon Meoli talks about the Orioles decision to offer tender contracts to players like utility man Ryan Flaherty, long reliever T.J. McFarland and swingman Vance Worley. (Baltimore Sun video)
An annual rite of the early offseason, the Orioles have until Friday at midnight to decide whether to tender contracts to their 10 arbitration-eligible players.
Those 10 players would take up about $50 million of payroll for next season, as several key players – including third baseman Manny Machado, closer Zach Britton and right-hander Chris Tillman – will earn raises that will likely take their salaries into eight digits.
Combine that with guaranteed deals to eight players already on the books and the Orioles' payroll is quickly reaching the $150 million mark before addressing any offseason needs.
So the Orioles will face some tough decisions on whether to make some players contract offers. Are players like utility man Ryan Flaherty, swingman Vance Worley and left-hander T.J. McFarland considered too much of luxuries to keep next year?
Orioles beat writers Eduardo A. Encina and Jon Meoli discuss that and other topics related to the nontender deadline in this week's Offseason Orioles Insider video report.