Feb 8, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT
The Orioles and right-hander Jason Hammel have agreed on a one-year, $6.75 million deal to avoid arbitration, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The deal includes $300,000 in possible incentives.
Hammel requested $8.25 million and was offered $5.7 million by the Orioles when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled a little under the midpoint of $6.975 million, but he could make out ahead if he reaches the incentives. Either way, it’s a nice raise for the 30-year-old, who earned $4.75 million last season while posting a solid 3.43 ERA and 113/43 K/BB ratio over 118 innings. This was his final go-around in arbitration, so he is due to hit free agency next winter.
Now that the Orioles have deals in place with Hammel and Jim Johnson, that leaves reliever Darren O’Day as the lone member of the Orioles at risk of going to an arbitration hearing. It probably won’t be necessary, though, as MASN’s Roch Kubatko reported earlier tonight that it looks like something will get done.
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