Os also non-tender Eyre & Reyes, offer Bergesen a contract
In addition to non-tendering Luke Scott, the Orioles also declined to offer contracts to pitchers Jo-Jo Reyes and Willie Eyre. Eyre was designated for assignment last week to make room for Dana Eveland on the team’s 40-man roster. Monday’s moves gives the Orioles 38 players on the 40-man roster and means they will tender a contract to Brad Bergesen, who was a potential non-tender candidate, along with the rest of their arbitration eligible players.
Reyes was claimed on waivers from Toronto in August and the lefty pitched to a 6.16 ERA in nine games (five starts) for Baltimore. While originally acquired to add depth, the 27-year-old Reyes –who was estimated to get a contract around $1.5 million in 2012 – wasn’t overly impressive and the Orioles will look to find more value through free agency or trade.
A former fourth-round pick, Bergesen is “Super Two” eligible, meaning –based on previous service time – he earns a fourth year of salary arbitration instead of the usual three. While Bergesen made the league minimum in 2010, he could make over a million in arbitration given his time as both a starter and reliever. Bergesen posted a 5.70 ERA in 34 games for the Orioles in 2011, including 12 starts, and ended the year 2-7.
The team tendered contracts to the other six arbitration-eligibles in Eveland, outfielder Adam Jones, infielder Robert Andino and pitchers Jeremy Guthrie, Jim Johnson, and Darren O’Day.