Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) – The Baltimore Orioles have come to terms
with four of their marquee players, thus avoiding arbitration hearings.
All-Star catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Chris Davis and pitchers Chris
Tillman and Brian Matusz each reached one-year agreements with the team on
Wieters played just 26 games last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery
in June. The three-time All-Star is a career .257 hitter with 92 home runs
over his six big-league seasons — all with the Orioles.
Davis batted just.196 last season with 26 homers and 72 RBI before being
suspended 25 games for amphetamine use. The 2013 AL home run and RBI champ
will miss Opening Day due to the suspension.
Tillman went 13-6 with a 3.34 ERA in a career-high 34 starts last season,
while Matusz had another solid year out of the bullpen, pitching to a 3.48 ERA
in 63 appearances.