By: BMOREcenter (@BMOREcenter)
The Orioles had nine arbitration-eligible players this offseason to work out deals with by yesterday’s 1:00 p.m. deadline, but did so in an abnormal manner, at least for them. MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko tweeted the front office’s mentality about the large and extremely important task of arbitration deals:
Making a high-stakes poker game over player contract values is probably not the greatest move in the world, but I’m not in the front office for a reason. Now that the deadline has passed, let’s check in on which deals got done, and which ones are headed towards the court room:
Infielder Ryan Flaherty and the Orioles settled on a $1.8 million deal for the 2017 season on Thursday night. The 30-year-old utility man receives a slight raise after making $1.5 million in 2016. MLBTradeRumors.com projected Flaherty to earn $1.7 million.
Also on Thursday night, left-handed reliever T.J. McFarland and the Orioles settled on a $685,000 deal for the 2017 season. McFarland receives a $165,500 raise from last season and nearly reaches his projected $700,000 by MLB Trade Rumors.
The All-Star closer and the Orioles settled on an $11.4 million deal Friday afternoon, about an hour before the deadline. Britton made $6.75 million in 2016, so he receives a nice pay increase for his incredible body of work. MLB Trade Rumors projected Britton to make $11.4 million, so they nailed it.
Machado and the O’s agreed to a one-year deal worth $11.5 million to avoid arbitration. The superstar third baseman more than doubles his 2016 salary of $5 million after once again posting MVP-caliber numbers. MLB Trade Rumors projected Machado to earn $11.2 million.
The Orioles and veteran right-hander Chris Tillman settled on a $10.05 million deal for the 2017 season, thus avoiding arbitration. Tillman receives about a $4 million raise for the 2017 coming off one of his best seasons. MLB Trade Rumors predicted Tillman would garner $10.6 million.
The young second baseman and the O's met on $3.475 million for this season, avoiding arbitration. Schoop is coming off of a breakout season in which he hit 25 homers while playing all 162 games, and he made out well, jumping up almost $3 million in salary in his first arbitration year. MLB Trade Rumors projected Schoop for $3.4 million.
Right-handed pitchers Brad Brach and Kevin Gausman and catcher Caleb Joseph were unable to settle on deals before the deadline, and they have exchanged figures. Gausman filed at $3.55 million while the Orioles posted $3.15 million. Brach filed at $3.05 million while the Orioles filed at $2.525 million. Joseph filed at $1 million and the Orioles at $700,000. All three will head to arbitration hearings next month (as long as the club is sticking with the "file and trial" method), and one side will win the arbitration hearing, having their figure selected as the player's salary for 2017.