BALTIMORE (WJZ) — MLBTradeRumors.com released the projected arbitration figures for 10 eligible Baltimore Orioles.
Here’s the list:
Chris Tillman – $10.6MM
Tillman made $6.225 million this past season. He became the first Oriole pitcher since 2003 to win 14 decisions in their first 21 starts. The Orioles improved to 18-3 when Tillman was pitching. He is entering his free agent season, will the Orioles ask for an extension?
Ryan Flaherty – $1.7MM
The Orioles have a “do-it-all” guy in Flaherty. He is primarily as a utility infielder with the occasional service in the outfield, but also made his first major league pitching debut this past season when Showalter put him in the 9th against the Astros because he didn’t want to waste a pitcher’s arm. He currently makes $1.5 million but a little raise could be in the works.
Zach Britton – $11.4MM
Britton’s 47-for-47 perfect saves has earned him candidacy for the Cy Young Award in the American League. He was clutch this past season. He already went from $3.2 million in 2015 to $6.750 million in 2016. Will the Orioles make the jump again for the perfect closer?
Vance Worley – $3.3MM
Should the Orioles hold onto the Vanimal? Worley was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the Pirates. He ended the season with a 3.53 ERA.
Brad Brach – $2.9MM
Brach’s salary increased from $523,000 in 2015 to $1.25 million in his first year of arbitration. Brach posted a 0.91 ERA and 0.831 WHIP in the first half while making the All-Star team, but his second-half numbers included a 3.94 ERA and 1.382 WHIP.
Manny Machado – $11.2MM
Machado went from making $548,000 in 2015 to $5 million this season. That’s more than a little extra cash. But, to keep the best third baseman in the league after having a record-breaking season, $11M is something to consider. Machado ended his regular season having played in 157 games and recorded career-highs in runs scored, strikeouts, batting average, slugging percentage, OPS, and total bases.
Jonathan Schoop – $3.4MM
Schoop was an integral part of a few broken records this season. On August 31, Schoop hit his 21st home run of the season, and the 55th of the month for the Orioles, tying an MLB record just two months after setting the home run record in June. He is arbitration-eligible now and due for a raise after making $522,500 this season.
T.J. McFarland – $700K
McFarland will try to hold a spot on the 40-man roster. He registered a 6.93 ERA and 1.743 WHIP in 16 relief appearances. McFarland has been back and forth from Norfolk a few times.
Kevin Gausman – $3.9MM
Gausman started the season on the DL, but returned ready to prove he was at his best. He improved to 8-10 on the year and lowered his ERA to 3.43 in 2016. Gausman made $532,000 this year and now is arbitration-eligible.
Caleb Joseph – $1.0MM
Caleb Joseph is the likely backup catcher if Matt Wieters leaves via free agency.
Who do you think the Orioles should look to keep a bit longer?