A few notes before the deadline

*Tonight at midnight is the deadline for arbitration-eligible players to be offered contracts by their respective clubs and the Orioles have 14 of those players. The biggest question, which you’ve heard about the last few days, is first baseman Mark Reynolds. The Orioles and Reynolds’ camp haven’t had any talks about a deal and if the two sides can’t get a contract for 2013 ironed out in advance of the deadline, it’s very likely Reynolds will get non-tendered. The O’s won’t offer Reynolds arbitration given that he stands to make around $9 million in an independent arbitrator hearing, which take place in February or March.

As of Friday morning, it appears headed in the direction of Reynolds being non-tendered, which would make him an unrestricted free agent and free to sign with other clubs. I wrote about the situation earlier this week, which you can read here.

Players who are expected to be offered a contract for next season are: Jim Johnson, Matt Wieters, Chris Davis, Jason Hammel, Troy Patton, Darren O’Day, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter, Nolan Reimold and newly acquired Alexi Casilla.

There are three others that could be non-tendered along with Reynolds: Steve Pearce, Omar Quintanilla and Taylor Teagarden.

*The Diamondbacks have released for Oriole pitcher Brad Bergesen according to the transaction page on CBSSports.com. Bergesen was claimed off of waivers by Arizona after the O’s designated him for assignment. He would have been a second-time arbitration-eligible, but is now a free agent.

*In case you missed it yesterday, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones took a pair of in-need families from Baltimore City holiday shopping. You can read more on that and Jones’ efforts to get more involved in the community here.

1 Comment

I understand that arbitration eligible players typically get a 20% raise, but…in Reynolds’ case, how could anyone (arbitrator or not) justify a raise given his full season statistics from last season? Or how about the fact that his previous deal was ‘back’ loaded, with an average annual salary of only 4.833 million (over 3 years)? I guess my point is that I don’t understand why the Orioles couldn’t offer him 1 yr, 7.5 so that he doesn’t become a free agent, then, if it goes to hearing, actually stand a decent chance at getting judgment in their favor.

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