A day ahead of the deadline to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players, the Orioles avoided that process with catcher Pedro Severino, who agreed to a $1.825 million salary for 2021, according to an industry source with knowledge of the deal.
The agreement, which comes before Wednesday’s deadline to tender contracts to players with enough service time to qualify for raises through the salary arbitration process, keeps the Orioles catching corps intact with Chance Sisco and Austin Wynns still under club control as well.
Severino, who was claimed off waivers from the Washington Nationals the week before the 2019 season began, spent the past two seasons as the Orioles’ primary catcher. In each of those two seasons, he was one of the team’s best hitters early in the season before tailing off badly as the schedule wore on.
In two seasons with the Orioles, Severino has hit slightly below league-average level, batting .249 with a .730 OPS and 18 home runs in 144 games. He’s also thrown out a quarter of attempted base stealers, with 17 runners caught stealing on 68 tries.
In 2019, the Orioles struck an early deal before the arbitration deadline with left-hander Richard Bleier that allowed him to avoid the process. They also traded infielder Jonathan Villar to the Miami Marlins just before the deadline to tender players contracts, and traded right-hander Dylan Bundy to the Los Angeles Angels for four minor league pitchers shortly thereafter.
Outfielders Trey Mancini and Anthony Santander, plus infielders Hanser Alberto, Pat Valaika, and Yolmer Sánchez and reliever Shawn Armstrong, round out the team’s remaining players who are eligible for salary arbitration.
MLB.com first reported the agreement.