The Baltimore Orioles made a slew of announcements yesterday as they agreed to terms and avoided arbitration with right handed pitchers Jim Johnson and Jason Hammel, as well as claiming right handed pitcher Todd Redmond off of waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.
First we will begin with the signing of Hammel and Johnson. Both pitchers agreed to one year deals on Friday to avoid having to go to arbitration hearings later this month. Johnson, who led the Majors in saves last season signed for $6.5 million with a possible $50,000 more in incentives. Jim is getting a very nice increase from the $2.625 million he made last year, but when you save 51 out of 54 opportunities, and throw in a nice 2.49 ERA you should get a pay raise.
Hammel avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one year, $6.75 million deal that can bring him an additional $300,000 with incentives. Jason went 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts last season and missed a portion of the middle of the season due to a knee injury, so his health is the biggest concern for him coming into the season.
Darren O'Day is now the only arbitration eligible player remaining for the Orioles, and it is rumored that the two sides are close to agreeing on a two year deal.
Also yesterday, the Orioles claimed right handed pitcher Todd Redmond off waivers from the Reds. Redmond,27, has one game of experience in the big leagues as he made one start for the Reds last season and went 3 1/3 innings allowing four runs, five walks and seven hits. In 207 career minor league games, 200 of which are starts, Redmond has compiled a 71-61 record with a 3.58 ERA, 1.213 WHIP, and a 3.27 strikeout per walk ratio. He has good control on the mound as he has only surrendered 307 free passes in 1,185 1/3 innings pitched in the minor leagues.
In order to add Redmond to the 40-man roster, Baltimore designated for assignment Trayvon Robinson, who was acquired this offseason from the Seattle Mariners for Robert Andino. Robinson will most likely not make it through waivers, largely due to the high potential he has as a player, and if he gets claimed, Baltimore will have traded away Andino for nothing.
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