Six eligible Orioles file for arbitration

SARASOTA, Fla. - The six eligible Orioles filed for arbitration today, as expected: Pitchers Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, Bud Norris and Troy Patton; first baseman Chris Davis; and catcher Matt Wieters.

The two sides will exchange figures Friday as a starting point for contract talks. Hearings will be scheduled at a later date if agreements can't be reached.

Normally, they split the difference and avoid the process.

Either way, the players are under team control, making it one of the most overblown stories of the year. Their salaries must be determined. That's it.

The Orioles signed Nolan Reimold ($1.025 million) and Steve Pearce ($850,000) to one-year deals last month, and they traded closer Jim Johnson to the Athletics.

Davis made $3.3 million last season and he's in line for a substantial raise after hitting 53 homers, driving in 138 runs and finishing third in Most Valuable Player voting in the American League.

Wieters earned $5.5 million last season while batting .235/.287/.417 with 22 homers and 79 RBIs.

Hunter made $1.820 million while going 6-5 with a 2.81 ERA in 68 appearances. He's currently a favorite to close for the Orioles in 2014.

Matusz, who has morphed into a lefty specialist in the bullpen, earned $1.6 million while going 2-1 with a 3.53 ERA in 65 games and holding left-handed hitters to a .168 average.

Bud Norris, acquired from the Astros on July 31, made $3 million while going 4-3 with a 4.80 ERA in 11 games (nine starts) with the Orioles. He was 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts with Houston.

Patton made $815,000 while going 2-0 with a 3.70 ERA in 56 appearances. He will serve a 25-game suspension to start the 2014 season for testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The Players Association released the list of 146 players who filed for arbitration today:

Freeman, Freddie AT

Heyward, Jason AT

Johnson, Chris AT

Kimbrel, Craig AT

Medlen, Kris AT

Minor, Michael AT

Schafer, Jordan AT

Collmenter, Josh AZ

Parra, Gerardo AZ

Thatcher, Joe AZ

Trumbo, Mark AZ

Davis, Chris BA

Hunter, Tommy BA

Matusz, Brian BA

Norris, Bud BA

Patton, Troy BA

Wieters, Matt BA

Badenhop, Burke BO

Carp, Mike BO

Herrera, Jonathan BO

Miller, Andrew BO

Tazawa, Junichi BO

Barney, Darwin CC

Ruggiano, Justin CC

Russell, James CC

Samardzija, Jeff CC

Schierholtz, Nate CC

Strop, Pedro CC

Valbuena, Luis CC

Wood, Travis CC

Bailey, Homer CI

Chapman, Aroldis CI

Heisey, Chris CI

Leake, Mike CI

Lecure, Sam CI

Simon, Alfredo CI

Brantley, Michael CL

Masterson, Justin CL

Outman, Josh CL

Pestano, Vinnie CL

Rzepczynski, Marc CL

Tomlin, Josh CL

Lopez, Wilton CO

Morales, Franklin CO

Nicasio, Juan CO

Stubbs, Drew CO

Beckham, Gordon CWS

De Aza, Alejandro CWS

Alburquerque, Al DE

Avila, Alex DE

Dirks, Andrew DE

Jackson, Austin DE

Porcello, Rick DE

Scherzer, Max DE

Castro, Jason HO

Guzman, Jesus HO

Bonifacio, Emilio KC

Collins, Tim KC

Crow, Aaron KC

Hochevar, Luke KC

Holland, Greg KC

Hosmer, Eric KC

Maxwell, Justin KC

Freese, David LAA

Frieri, Ernesto LAA

Jepsen, Kevin LAA

Salas, Fernando LAA

Ellis, A.J. LAD

Jansen, Kenley LAD

Kershaw, Clayton LAD

Cishek, Steven MIA

Dunn, Michael MIA

Stanton, Giancarlo MIA

Estrada, Marco MIL

Francisco, Juan MIL

Duensing, Brian MN

Plouffe, Trevor MN

Swarzak, Anthony MN

Davis, Ike NYM

Duda, Lucas NYM

Gee, Dillon NYM

Murphy, Dan NYM

Parnell, Bobby NYM

Tejada, Ruben NYM

Young Jr., Eric NYM

Cervelli, Francisco NYY

Gardner, Brett NYY

Kelley, Shawn NYY

Nova, Ivan NYY

Robertson, David NYY

Gentry, Craig OA

Gregerson, Luke OA

Jaso, John OA

Johnson, Jim OA

Lowrie, Jed OA

Moss, Brandon OA

Reddick, Josh OA

Bastardo, Antonio PH

Kendrick, Kyle PH

Mayberry, John PH

Revere, Ben PH

Alvarez, Pedro PI

Mazzaro, Vin PI

Melancon, Mark PI

Sanchez, Gaby PI

Snider, Travis PI

Walker, Neil PI

Blanks, Kyle SD

Cabrera, Everth SD

Cashner, Andrew SD

Headley, Chase SD

Kennedy, Ian SD

Ross, Tyson SD

Morrison, Logan SE

Saunders, Michael SE

Smoak, Justin SE

Abreu, Tony SF

Arias, Joaquin SF

Belt, Brandon SF

Blanco, Gregor SF

Petit, Yumeiro SF

Bourjos, Peter SL

Descalso, Dan SL

Jay, Jon SL

Hellickson, Jeremy TB

Joyce, Matt TB

Lobaton, Jose TB

McGee, Jacob TB

Price, David TB

Ramos, Cesar TB

Rodriguez, Sean TB

Cotts, Neal TE

Feliz, Neftali TE

Moreland, Mitch TE

Ogando, Alexi TE

Cecil, Brett TO

Rasmus, Colby TO

Rogers, Esmil TO

Blevins, Jerry WA

Clippard, Tyler WA

Desmond, Ian WA

Detwiler, Ross WA

Fister, Doug WA

Ramos, Wilson WA

Storen, Drew WA

Zimmermann, Jordan WA

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