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Orioles, RHP Miguel Gonzalez agree to one-year, $3.275M deal to avoid arbitration

The Orioles and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez agreed to a one-year deal Tuesday.
The Orioles and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez agreed to a one-year deal Tuesday. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

The Orioles are down to two remaining arbitration cases after agreeing to a one-year, $3.275 million deal with right-hander Miguel Gonzalez on Tuesday night.

Gonzalez, 30, was 10-9 with a 3.23 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) for the Orioles in 2014. This was his first year of arbitration eligibility after he made $529,000 last season.

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In addition to the base salary, Gonzalez can earn $12,500 bonuses for reaching 160 innings and 185 innings. He also would get a $50,000 bonus if he were named an All-Star or wins the American League Cy Young Award in 2015, according to an industry source.

During the arbitration process, Gonzalez filed for $3.95 million and the Orioles countered with $2.5 million, so the ultimate result of the settlement is just $50,000 over the midpoint of $3.225 million.

The Orioles began the winter with 11 arbitration cases and are now down to two: closer Zach Britton (who filed at $4.2 million while the Orioles filed at $2.2 million) and outfielder Alejandro De Aza ($5.65 million/$5.million).

If the sides don't come to an agreement before hearings this month in St. Petersburg, Fla., a three-person arbitration panel will listen to both arguments and choose one of the two submitted salaries.

The Orioles have been excellent over the years in winning arbitration hearings. The club has lost just once since Peter G. Angelos bought the team in 1993, and the club is 7-0 when its case is led by current general counsel H. Russell Smouse.

CBSSports.com first reported that Gonzalez had agreed to terms with the Orioles.

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