Orioles sign Davis, Wieters, 6 others file for arbitration
BALTIMORE (AP) First baseman Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles reached agreement Friday on a $12 million contract for next season and catcher Matt Wieters got a one-year deal for $8,275,000.
Right-handed pitcher Chris Tillman and left-hander Brian Matusz also settled before going to arbitration. Six Orioles did not sign before the deadline for exchanging figures.
Davis, who led the major leagues in home runs and RBIs in 2013 before slumping badly in 2014, got an increase from last year, when he had a $10.35 million base salary and earned $150,000 in performance bonuses. He batted .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs last season, down from 53 homers and 138 RBIs the year before. He will begin 2015 by serving the final game of a 25-game suspension for using Adderall without a prescription.
In addition to his salary, Davis can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for 500 and 575 plate appearances.
Wieters, who missed nearly all of 2015 because of Tommy John surgery in June, got a raise from $7.7 million. He batted .308 in 26 games. Both Davis and Wieters are eligible for free agency after the season.
Tillman, winner of 29 games in the last two seasons, jumped from $546,000 to $4,315,000 and Matusz goes from $2.4 to $3.2 million.
After winning 15 games, right-handed pitcher Bud Norris asked for $10.25 million, nearly doubling last year's salary. Baltimore countered with $7.5 million. Outfielder Steve Pearce, who hit a career-high 21 home runs asked for $5.4 million and the team offered $2 million.
Left-handed pitcher Zach Britton, who saved 31 games, asked for $4.2 million and the club offered $2 million.
Right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez ($3.95 million vs. $2.5 million), outfielder Alejandro De Aza ($5.65 million vs. $5 million) and infielder Ryan Flaherty ($1.5 million vs. $900,000) have also exchanged arbitration figures.
Right-hander Tommy Hunter signed a one-year contract on Monday for $4.65 million.