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Orioles defeat Brad Bergesen in arbitration hearing

Feb 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

Rick Kranitz, Brad Bergesen, Kennie Steenstra

Brad Bergesen lost his arbitration hearing to the Orioles, so he’ll make $800,000 this season instead of the $1.2 million he requested.

He was arbitration eligible for the first time after throwing 101 innings with a 5.70 ERA and 61/32 K/BB ratio in 12 starts and 22 relief appearances.

Bergesen was much better in his first two seasons, posting a 4.33 ERA in 293 innings, but his lack of strikeouts made it tough to predict a breakout. He’ll be competing for a rotation spot during spring training, but way wind up in a long relief role instead.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun notes that the Orioles have now won nine of their last ten arbitration hearings. Maybe the Marlins should ask them for some tips.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    The Orioles should hold their heads high- this is the first thing that’s gone right for the team in a while. Small victories.

  2. jimbo1949 - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    “Orioles have now won nine of their last ten arbitration hearings. Maybe the Marlins should ask them for some tips.”

    #1 tip: get lousier players.

  3. mrjavascript - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    That’s not the only loss Bergesen will have this season.

  4. joeflaccosunibrow - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    First, Bergy should be happy he has a job after last season. His frequent flyer miles jumped due to him bouncing to and from AAA.

    The Orioles have the best lawyers in the state. Angelos’ law firm is the best in the state. With seasoned lawyers arguing your case, you are bound to win most of the time.

    • mrjavascript - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Exactly. Which is why Adam Jones (CAA) is trying to settle close to the midpoint instead of having the arbiters pick the team’s $5M submission. He doesn’t want to go to his 2/17 hearing…

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