Former Orioles Jerry Hairston Jr. and Willie Harris filed for free agency yesterday. Any interest?
What if Robert Andino winds up as the everyday second baseman and the Orioles need a super-utility player?
Teams have five days after the World Series to negotiate with their free agents before they hit the open market. The Cesar Izturis train has left the station. Manager Buck Showalter has stated more than once that he expects Vladimir Guerrero to receive another one-year deal over the winter, but he never mentioned the Orioles as the team making the offer.
Meanwhile, by my count, the Orioles have eight arbitration-eligible players because Alfredo Simon missed the Super Two cutoff and Jeremy Accardo was outrighted and elected free agency:
Andino earned $421,500 this season. Given how his role evolved, I’d say he’s in line for a decent raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
Jones, named Most Valuable Oriole, saw his salary jump from $460,000 to $3.25 million last winter. He’s also in a pretty strong bargaining position this year.
Scott’s in his final arbitration year, and his fourth overall after gaining Super Two status. He earned a raise from $4.05 million to $6.4 million last off-season, but he’s a non-tender candidate in 2011. The Orioles could try to re-sign him at a reduced rate.
Guthrie’s salary increased from $3 million to $5.75 million. Johnson earned $975,000 and he’s entering his first year of arbitration eligibility. Finishing up this season as the Orioles’ closer certainly works in his favor.
Bergesen achieved Super Two status after making $434,000 this season. His season was a disappointment and included a few trips to the minors, but he’ll still get a raise. Who doesn’t?
Eyre and Reyes are non-tender candidates.
The Orioles usually avoid going to arbitration, and they’ll try to dodge the process again. It’s never pleasant, no matter which side wins. And it’s usually the Orioles, which leads to hard feelings.
There’s plenty of time to worry about it. They need to hire a general manager, scouting director and two coaches. I just needed a distraction this morning.
Here’s another one: Starting today, I’ll be joining Amber Theoharis on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on “The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report.” The show will continue to run from 5:30-7 p.m. on MASN. It’ll just take on a different look during those three days.
We’ll talk Orioles, Ravens, Redskins, Terps and assorted local colleges. It’s easier to cover 90 minutes that way, but it sure adds to my prep work.