Orioles don't offer arbitration to Uehara or Millwood (updated)
The Orioles have decided not to offer arbitration to free-agent reliever Koji Uehara or starting pitcher Kevin Millwood.
Both were Type B free agents, meaning if they were offered arbitration, didn’t re-sign and went elsewhere, the Orioles would receive a supplemental pick (in between rounds 1 and 2) in the 2011 amateur draft.
Therefore, the Orioles will receive no compensation if the duo goes elsewhere.
The Orioles want Uehara back, but presumably at a lower salary than his $5 million last season -- he signed a $10 million, two-year deal before the 2009 season. The 35-year-old right-hander was 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 43 games. He walked just five batters while striking out 55 in 44 innings. When put in the closer’s role, Uehara excelled, saving 13 of 15 games.
But his inability to stay healthy -- he was on the DL twice in 2010 and pitched in just 12 games in 2009 while in the starting rotation -- is a concern.
Millwood, 35, was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA in 31 games for the Orioles. He made $13 million last season in the final year of a deal he signed with the Texas Rangers.
The club’s other five free agents -- Ty Wigginton, Cesar Izturis, Julio Lugo, Mark Hendrickson and Corey Patterson -- did not qualify as A or B players, and therefore the club would receive no potential compensation if they sign elsewhere.
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