Os non-tender Janish, Lough and Johnson
The Orioles tendered contracts to 10 of 13 arbitration-eligible players, choosing to non-tender infielder Paul Janish, outfielder David Lough, right-handed pitcher Steve Johnson. Those three will now become free agents.
The O’s tendered contracts to infielders Ryan Flaherty and Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo, pitchers Brad Brach, Chris Tillman, Zach Britton, Miguel Gonzalez and Brian Matusz. They also agreed to terms on contracts for 2016 with Nolan Reimold and Vance Worley, avoiding arbitration with both players.
Worley, 28, went 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 23 games (eight starts) with Pittsburgh. He was claimed off waivers by the Orioles from the Pirates on October 20. Reimold hit .247/.344/.394 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 61 games.
The Orioles will try to work out a deal with each player that they’ve tendered a contract to in an attempt to avoid an often contentious arbitration hearing. Many of their arbitration players, such as Machado and Britton, are coming off career years and in line for a substantial raise.
Janish, who was designated for assignment earlier in the day, hit .286/.278/.371 with three doubles, three RBI, and four runs scored in 14 games for the Orioles last season. Johnson, who was DFA’ed to create a roster spot for Trumbo, posted a 10.13 ERA in six relief outings. The 29-year-old Lough batted .201/.241/.313 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 84 games.