The Baltimore Orioles were very busy this past Friday as they agreed to one year deals with four of their seven remaining arbitration eligible players in Matt Wieters, Troy Patton, Brian Matusz and Chris Davis. The Orioles did exchange figures with the remaining three players and still have time before arbitration hearings begin to reach deals with Jim Johnson, Darren O'Day and Jason Hammel.
Wieters, who still has two more arbitration eligible years following the 2013 season, agreed to a one year deal for $5.5 million with an additional $250,000 in incentives for Gold Glove, All-Star and Silver Slugger achievements. Wieters set career highs last year with 23 homers, 83 RBI, and 144 games played.
Davis, who set career highs and led the team with 33 homers and 85 RBI signed a one year $3.3 million deal, an big increase from the $488,000 he made last season.
The two left handed pitchers in Matusz and Patton also signed one year deals, Matusz inked for $1.6 million and Patton inked for $815,000 for the 2013 season. Matusz struggled as a starter, but really shined in the bullpen for the Orioles last season and it has yet to be determined what his role will be this season. Patton was the one mainstay left hander in the Baltimore bullpen last season and was a shutdown lefty at that with a 2.43 ERA in 54 games.
As aforementioned, Baltimore still has time to work out deals with Johnson, O'Day and Hammel before arbitration hearings are set to begin between February 4-20. Spring Training is just around the corner and Baltimore is getting excited to BUCKle Up again in 2013!
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