The Orioles have reached the purpose at present the place they have to agree to contract phrases with six arbitration-eligible players or threat hearings to decide 2023 salaries.
Outfielders Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander and Austin Hays, infielder Jorge Mateo and pitchers Austin Voth and Dillon Tate had been tendered contracts on the deadline. They stay beneath staff management, an important order of enterprise.
It’s unlikely that the Orioles signal all six players earlier than exchanging figures, however they’re anticipated to announce some agreements later at present. I’m putting the over/beneath at three.
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Hearings are usually set throughout spring coaching. The Orioles have joined different groups working beneath the file-and-go strategy, however they make exceptions, with Trey Mancini and John Means serving as examples final yr.
Santander is the one participant to be subjected to a listening to since Mike Elias entered the entrance workplace. He misplaced in 2021.
MLBTradeRumors.com initiatives that Santander will earn $7.5 million this yr, the best determine among the many group, after he included 33 residence runs, 89 RBIs, 55 walks, a .318 on-base share and 152 video games performed amongst his profession highs. The switch-hitter made $3.15 million final yr after agreeing to phrases and avoiding arbitration.
Mullins earned $716,000 final season after changing into the primary 30/30 participant in franchise historical past in 2021. He’s projected to obtain a bump to $4.4 million after batting .258/.318/.403 with 32 doubles, 4 triples, 16 residence runs, 64 RBIs and 34 stolen bases that ranked second to Mateo within the American League. He additionally was a finalist for a Gold Glove.
Hays can also be eligible for the primary time after batting .250/.306/.413 with 35 doubles, two triples, 16 residence runs and 60 RBIs in a career-high 145 video games. He made $713,000 and will obtain $3.1 million, per Trade Rumors.
Mateo led the league with 35 steals, received a Fielding Bible Award at shortstop and slashed .221/.267/.379 with 25 doubles, seven triples, 13 residence runs and 50 RBIs in 150 video games, additionally probably the most in his profession. He earned $709,500 earlier than reaching eligibility and is projected to obtain $1.8 million.
Voth had a cut up season in 2022, posting a ten.13 ERA and a pair of.143 WHIP in 19 reduction appearances with the Nationals and a 3.04 ERA and 1.229 WHIP in 22 video games (17 begins) after the Orioles chosen him off waivers. He averted arbitration final offseason by signing for $875,000 and is projected to earn $2 million.
Tate may get a increase from $711,500 to $1.5 million after showing in a career-high 67 video games, which led the Orioles, and registering a 3.05 ERA and 0.991 WHIP with 5 saves in 73 2/3 innings.
The beginning outfield is ready with Hays in left, Mullins in heart and Santander in proper. Impressive depth on the place, together with 2021 first-rounder Colton Cowser, who may debut this summer season, does not appear to be pushing the Orioles in direction of a commerce. Mullins and Santander, specifically, draw curiosity across the majors, however the Orioles are attempting to contend this season.
Santander is of their first base plans, particularly if they do not purchase a left-handed-hitting backup for Ryan Mountcastle who initiatives forward of the present group of contenders.
Mateo can play shortstop and second base in an infield that needs to be positioned on wheels. Lots of motion. Right now he is anticipated to be the opening day shortstop once more.
The Orioles would really like to get extra out of him offensively than the month-long burst of 2022, however they’re going to take the pace and protection. They’ll additionally hear to any shortstop-hungry groups that decision.
Tate’s position is evident. He’s a high-leverage reliever who’s used anyplace from the sixth to the ninth innings. No different specifics are mandatory.
The eight-man bullpen accommodates 5 certainties – Tate, Félix Bautista, Mychal Givens, Bryan Baker and Cionel Pérez – and a bunch of prospects. DL Hall would supply a second left-hander, in addition to a extremely particular arm that might invade the rotation if there’s house and he is lights out in camp.
Voth is a helpful piece, whether or not close to the again finish of the rotation or in lengthy reduction. The poster little one for the group’s pitching instruction. A profitable weight reduction plan for an ERA.
Update: Mullins agreed to a $4.1 million contract and Anthony Santander acquired $7.4 million, as first reported by The Athletic.
The Orioles have not confirmed any offers, so one other replace is coming later.
Update II: Voth is the one participant among the many six who stays unsigned.
The Orioles reached agreements with Hays and Mateo, per sources, and with Tate for $1.5 million per The Baltimore Banner.
Update III: The Orioles will trade figures with Voth.
Hays receives $3.2 million and Mateo $2 million, per The Athletic.