O’s agree to a deal with Reimold
The Orioles agreed to a one-year deal with Nolan Reimold on Monday night and will tender contracts to their other eight arbitration-eligible players in advance of the midnight deadline.
Reimold, 30, is recovering from his second neck surgery this winter and will make a base salary of $1.025 million, up from $1 million in a 2013 season in which he played in just 40 games, batting .195/.250/.336 with five homers and 12 RBIs. The Orioles have gotten favorable reports about Reimold’s rehab progress and didn’t want to lose him by non-tendering him.
The other eight Orioles who will be offered contracts for 2014 on Monday are closer Jim Johnson, relievers Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter, Troy Patton, starter Bud Norris, first baseman Chris Davis, catcher Matt Wieters and first base/outfielder Steve Pearce. Of the group, Johnson —the subject of trade rumors earlier in the day— stands to make the most in coming off his second consecutive 50-save season.
Johnson is projected to earn more than $10 million in arbitration, and although the Orioles have not made public their payroll constraints, a trade that would absorb the bulk of that money could certainly help the organization be more aggressive on the free agent market. Davis —who made $3.3 million— will also command a heft raise coming off a season in which he hit 53 homers and 138 RBIs, winning the Silver Slugger Award for first baseman and finishing third in AL MVP voting.
All players who were tendered contracts remain under team control and will try to negotiate an agreement with the Orioles as both sides work to avoid an independent, and often contentious arbitration hearing.