Baltimore, MD, United States (4E Sports) – The Baltimore Orioles have given first baseman Chris Davis a significant pay raise after leading the Major League in home runs last season.
Davis, who earned $3.3 million last season, avoided arbitration after agreeing to a one-year deal worth $10.35 million, plus incentives.
The 27-year-old Davis had an All-Star season in which he hit .286/.370/.634, led the Majors with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs and finished third in the American League Most Valuable Player Award voting.
Davis would become Baltimore’s third-highest-paid player, after right fielder Nick Markakis and center fielder Adam Jones. He is eligible to go to arbitration one more time before becoming a free agent after the 2015 season.
Aside from Davis, Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, Bud Norris and Troy Patton also avoided arbitration while the process will continue for catcher Matt Wieters.
Of the Orioles pitchers who reached settlements, Norris received the biggest raise, going from $3 million to $5.3 million in his second season of arbitration-eligibility and his first full season with Baltimore.
Hunter, also in his second arbitration year, will see his salary rise from $1.82 million to $3 million, Matusz will go from a $1.6 million salary to $2.4 million. Patton will go from $825,000 to $1.275 million after producing a 3.70 ERA in 56 relief innings, with 42 strikeouts and 16 walks.
Wieters made $5.5 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility and filed at $8.75 million Friday, while the O’s countered with $6.5 million.