BALTIMORE (AP) — Catcher Matt Wieters and the Baltimore Orioles avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $7.7 million, one-year contract, a raise of $2.2 million.
Wieters had asked for $8.75 million and the Orioles had offered $6.5 million when the sides swapped proposed arbitration salaries last month.
As part of Thursday’s agreement, Wieters would earn a $200,000 bonus for winning a Gold Glove — he won in 2011 and 2012. A two-time All-Star, he would get $100,000 is he’s elected to start in the All-Star game and $75,000 if he’s selected as a reserve. He also would earn $75,000 if he wins a Silver Slugger.
The 27-year-old hit .235 with 22 homers and 79 RBIs in 148 games last year and has a .255 batting average with 87 homers and 328 RBIs over parts of five years in the major leagues. He can become a free agent after the 2015 season.
This marks the second straight year the Orioles did not go to arbitration with any of their players.
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