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Orioles, Ryan Flaherty agree to $1.075 million deal for 2015, sources say

The Orioles and infielder Ryan Flaherty settled Sunday on his contract for the 2015 season.
The Orioles and infielder Ryan Flaherty settled Sunday on his contract for the 2015 season. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun)

The Orioles settled with utility infielder Ryan Flaherty on Sunday, agreeing to a $1.075 million deal for the 2015 season, according to multiple sources.

Flaherty becomes the Orioles' sixth arbitration-eligible player to come to terms, and the first since salary figures were exchanged last week.

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The Orioles now have five unresolved arbitration cases: right-hander Bud Norris, infielder-outfielder Steve Pearce, outfielder Alejandro De Aza, closer Zach Britton and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez.

When figures were exchanged last week, Flaherty filed for a $1.5 million salary, while the Orioles countered with $900,000.

The sides reached an agreement that was less than halfway between the figures, but Flaherty's deal also includes $25,000 in incentives if he reaches 400 plate appearances, according to a source. Flaherty also would make an additional $50,000 if he makes the All-Star team, wins a Gold Glove, earns the League Championship Series Most Valuable Player award or World Series MVP, according to a source.

Flaherty, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, made $512,500 last season.

Flaherty, 28, saw playing time at six different positions in 2014, hitting .221/.288/.356 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs in 102 games. He filled in at third base for the season's first month as Manny Machado recovered from knee surgery, spotted J.J. Hardy at shortstop while he was out with injury and also made 29 starts at second base.

CBSSports.com first reported that Flaherty settled with the Orioles.

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