The Orioles have until 1 p.m. today to sign their remaining arbitration-eligible players before the sides exchange figures and hearing dates are arranged.
Try to breathe normally.
I actually was exchanging text messages with Hunter earlier today. He hadn’t heard that a deal was done, then got the call a few seconds later while soaking in a whirlpool.
Hunter, 27, made $1.82 million last season and will earn $3 million in 2014. He was 6-5 with a 2.81 ERA in 68 games and currently is in line to become the Orioles’ closer in 2014.
Patton, 28, was 2-0 with a 3.70 ERA in 56 games. His salary jumps from $815,000 to $1.27 million.
Patton will serve a 25-game suspension to begin the 2014 season after a second positive test for an amphetamine.
The Orioles will confirm the signings after 1 p.m.
Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and Brian Matusz are the last three arbitration-eligible Orioles. Davis made $3.3 million last season, Wieters $5.5 million and Matusz $1.6 million.
Also, former Oriole Mark Reynolds reportedly has signed a minor league deal with the Brewers.
Reynolds’ agent contacted the Orioles recently to gauge their interest, but they signed Delmon Young to a minor league deal and he’s expected to serve as their primary right-handed designated hitter.
Update: Davis also has settled. His salary jumps from $3.3 million to $10.35 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, after he hit .286/.370/.634 with 42 doubles, 53 homers and 138 RBIs.
Still no word on Wieters or Matusz as the deadline has passed.
Update II: Matusz also has settled. I don’t have the terms, but he’s done.
Matusz was 2-1 with a 3.53 ERA in 65 appearances. He held left-handers to a .168 average.
Update III: Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Matusz will earn $2.4 million this season.
I was just able to confirm it.