Orioles Sign RHP Jim Johnson, Avoiding Arbitration

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Jim Johnson have reached a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

Johnson agreed to a $2,625,000 deal on Tuesday. Pitching exclusively out of the bullpen, the 28-year-old went 6-5 with nine saves and a 2.67 ERA in 69 games last season. He finished second among AL relievers in innings pitched.

The Orioles have four players still in arbitration: center fielder Adam Jones, second baseman Robert Andino and right-handed pitchers Brad Bergesen and Jeremy Guthrie.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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