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Orioles will tender contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players

Nov 25, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

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MLB teams have until December 2 to decide whether to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players, but there won’t be any intrigue with the Orioles. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed this evening that the club plans to tender contracts to all nine players in question.

“We are planning on tendering those guys,” said Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette. “Most of the guys we have there are real good players.”

The nine players, who due to their service time are eligible to have a panel of three arbiters decide their 2014 salary if they can’t come to an agreement with the club, are: catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Chris Davis, outfielders Nolan Reimold and Steve Pearace, relievers Troy Patton, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter and Jim Johnson and starter Bud Norris.

Most of these players are no-brainers, but Reimold and Johnson are interesting cases. Reimold has shown potential at times, but he has been limited to just 56 games over the past two seasons due to multiple neck/spine surgeries. However, he’ll only get a sight raise from the $1 million he made in 2013 and Duquette said he’s doing well in his rehab. As for Johnson, MLB Trade Rumors projects him to make $10.8 million in his final year of arbitration coming off back-to-back 50-save seasons. The Orioles could potentially get similar production for a lesser price, especially with other holes to fill on their roster, but all indications are that he’ll be the ninth-inning man again in 2014.

Duquette also mentioned that he has yet to engage in extension talks with either Wieters or Davis. Both players are two years away from free agency.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    That’s good. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a tough, chewey, overcooked contract.

    • ptfu - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      So does Scrooge McLoria!

  2. basslargemouth - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    This headline should read Orioles to tender same old pile of crap that they had last year and will not sign any big name free agents as long as Angelos is the owner of the team! Hey Pete if you don’t want to do what it takes to make you team better get the hell out of the buisness and sell the the team to someone that will! You got lucky two years ago as the Raven would say NEVERMORE!

  3. randomdigits - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    They can (and hopefully will) tender Johnson a contract and then trade him, much like they did with Guthrie.

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