Orioles Avoid Arbitration With Jason Hammel

The Orioles announced that they have avoided arbitration with Jason Hammel by agreeing to a one-year deal.  The Octagon client will receive $6.75MM according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (on Twitter) while Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweets that Hammel can earn an additional $300K through performance bonuses.

According to MLBTR's Tim Dierkes (on Twitter), the right-hander will earn $100K for each of the following benchmarks: starting 25 games, 175 innings pitched, and 190 innings pitched.  Hammel will also get $50K for earning an All-Star selection, ALCS MVP, or World Series MVP, Connolly tweets.

Hammel filed for $8.25MM in arbitration while the Orioles countered with $5.7MM.  This one-year deal is slightly less than the the $6.975MM midpoint but through incentives he can go over that mark.  The 30-year-old is in his third and arbitration year and is eligible to hit the open market after the 2013 season.

Darren O'Day is the Orioles' only remaining arbitration-eligible player that has not yet signed a contract for 2013.

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