The band is staying collectively.
The Orioles entered Friday’s nontender deadline tied for probably the most arbitration-eligible gamers in MLB with 17. With a quantity that top, it was anticipated that not less than one participant — maybe extra — could be let go and change into a free agent.
Instead, Baltimore signed 4 gamers, together with shortstop Jorge Mateo and outfielder Ryan McKenna, and tendered contracts to the remaining 13, together with slugger Anthony Santander, beginning pitcher John Means and outfielders Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays.
Mateo was seen because the probably candidate to be nontendered given his struggles in 2023 (.607 OPS), the Orioles’ logjam of younger infielders and his projected wage of roughly $2.6 million. But Baltimore values Mateo’s pace and glove at shortstop, agreeing to a one-year deal for the 2024 season to keep away from arbitration. The membership did the identical with McKenna, whose versatility as a right-handed hitter in opposition to lefties, pinch-runner and late-inning defensive alternative has made him a standard fixture on supervisor Brandon Hyde’s bench lately.
The Orioles additionally agreed to one-year offers with left-handed reliever Keegan Akin and outfielder Sam Hilliard, who the membership not too long ago claimed off waivers. The workforce didn’t announce the agreed salaries for the 4 gamers.
In addition to Santander, Means, Mullins and Hays, Baltimore tendered contracts to the next gamers: first basemen Ryan Mountcastle and Ryan O’Hearn; left-handers Danny Coulombe, Cole Irvin and Cionel Pérez; right-handers Tyler Wells, Dillon Tate and Jacob Webb; and infielder Ramón Urías. The Orioles and the gamers’ representatives can negotiate over the following two months or look ahead to an arbitration listening to to resolve their 2024 salaries.
Like Mateo, McKenna and Akin, Tate and Urías had been seen as potential nontender candidates. Tate didn’t pitch within the main leagues in 2023 due to a forearm damage, whereas the workforce needed to weigh Urías’ reliability and flexibility versus the potential of its younger infield prospects.
Arbitration is a system that gives pay raises to established huge leaguers who’ve but to spend sufficient time within the majors to change into free brokers. Players who’ve not less than three however fewer than six years of MLB service are eligible for arbitration. MLB gamers change into free brokers after six years of service.
Having 17 arbitration-eligible gamers is one thing government vp and basic supervisor Mike Elias described as “an earmark of having a good roster these days” throughout his end-of-season information convention in October. That tally may also doubtless imply a better payroll in 2024.
The 17 gamers the Orioles both signed or tendered contracts to Friday are collectively estimated to make greater than $55 million in 2024, based mostly on the averages of MLB Trade Rumors, Cot’s Baseball Contracts and Spotrac’s projections. In 2023, these gamers mixed to make about $30 million.
The largest projected wage among the many Orioles’ arbitration gamers is Santander, who’s projected to make $12.8 million in his last 12 months of arbitration — about $5.5 million greater than his 2023 determine.
Means (projected $5.6 million) and Coulombe (projected $2.5 million) are the one different Orioles of their last 12 months of arbitration. Mullins (projected $6.2 million) and Hays (projected $5.8 million), O’Hearn (projected $3.3 million), Tate ($1.5 million) and Mateo all have between 4 and 5 years of service.
The remaining 9 gamers are all arbitration-eligible for the primary time: Ryan Mountcastle (projected $3.9 million), Wells (projected $2.2 million), Urías (projected $2.1 million), Irvin (projected $1.9 million), Hilliard (projected $1.1 million), McKenna (projected $888,000) and Webb (projected $1.2 million), Pérez (projected $1.2 million) and Akin (projected $850,000).
McKenna and Wells have but to achieve three years of service, however they had been granted “Super Two” standing by being inside the high 22% amongst gamers between two and three years of service. The Super Two cutoff this season was two years, 118 days, in response to The Associated Press. McKenna and Wells can now have 4 years of arbitration as a substitute of three. Starting pitcher Dean Kremer was six days in need of Super Two eligibility.
Teams and tendered gamers have till mid-January to barter. If an settlement hasn’t been made by Jan. 12, the 2 sides will put ahead their most well-liked 2024 wage for the participant. If a deal nonetheless can’t be reached, a panel of arbitrators will decide one of many two numbers — and no different potential worth — after a listening to in late January or February.