O's and Johnson agree to deal, avoid arbitration
The Orioles have settled another arbitration case, reaching an agreement Monday night with reliever Jim Johnson less than 24 hours before the club and the pitcher were set to exchange contract numbers.
Johnson. who went 1-1 with a 3.42 ERA in 26 appearances during an injury-hampered 2010 season, will make $975,000 in 2011. Although he doesn't have three years of major league service time, he's one of 20 players with more than two years' service time eligible for arbitration this year. He will be eligible for arbitration four times instead of three.
Johnson made $440,000 last season.
The agreement leaves the Orioles with four remaining arbitration-eligible players: outfielders Luke Scott and Felix Pie, shortstop J.J. Hardy and pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.
The Orioles and center fielder Adam Jones on Sunday agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal.
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