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March 3, 2011

Orioles agreed to terms with all their pre-arbitration players; Berken renewed for 2nd straight year

The Orioles announced today that they have agreed to terms with their remaining unsigned players for the 2011 season.

The list of signed players includes: Robert Andino, Matt Angle, Jake Arrieta, Josh Bell, Brad Bergesen, Zach Britton, Brandon Erbe, Pedro Florimon Jr., Jake Fox, Luis Lebron, Joe Mahoney, Troy Patton, Nolan Reimold, Adrian Rosario, Alfredo Simon, Brandon Snyder, Chorye Spoone, Craig Tatum, Chris Tillman, Rick VandenHurk, Pedro Viola and Matt Wieters.

Jason Berken was the lone pre-arbitration player who was renewed for a second straight year after negotiations failed to produce an agreement on his 2011 salary.

The union contract allows a team to pay its "zero-to-three" players (players with fewer than three years of major league service) any amount, as long as it does not tender a contract for less than the major league minimum salary or cut a player's previous salary more than 20 percent.

Last year, the Orioles renewed four players: Berken, Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold and Matt Wieters.

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Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 4:51 PM | | Comments (3)


We had all fall to take a wart off that was clearly there last year. Who runs the medical staff for the O's? Stupid!


Alfredo Simon's on the list. Did they really agree to terms with him? Or is this just a formality?

Jeff Z's reply: Yes they did, but all the pre-arb guys are pretty much a formaility. Orioles pretty much establish how much they are going to pay these guys per rules. Some agree, some don't. The ones that don't have their contracts renewed in Berken's case. But it's not like he has the option of going anywhere. The one time where clubs have the advantage in the contract talks is with the zero to 3 service time guys.

I don't get what's going on with Berken. Is it a political stand, or have the O's cut his pay in each of the past two year?

Seems wierd for a player with no leverage to rock the boat this way.

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