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 wins a Gold Glove Award or makes the All-Star team.
Norris, who turns 30 in March, can be a free agent after the 2015 season.
By avoiding arbitration with Norris (and utility infielder Ryan Flaherty on Sunday) the Orioles have just four potential arbitration cases pending after having 11 possibilities earlier this month. Those who remain are: infielder-outfielder Steve Pearce (who filed for $5.4 million while the Orioles filed for $2 million), outfielder Alejandro De Aza ($5.65 million/$5 million), closer Zach Britton ($4.2 million/$2.2 million) and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez ($3.95 million/$2.5 million).
If the sides cannot reach an agreement, they will go to hearings next month in Arizona. A three-person panel will select one of the two figures presented.