The Orioles have reduced their arbitration-eligible players from nine to seven on Thursday night.
According to a source, left-hander T.J. McFarland and the Orioles agreed to a one-year, $685,000 deal to avoid arbitration.
McFarland, 27, went 2-2 with a 6.93 ERA in 16 games with the Orioles in an injury-riddled season that also included 13 games at four different spots in the minors while he rehabbed a left knee injury.
The long reliever made $523,500 last year, his fourth in the Orioles’ organization.
Earlier on Thursday, the Orioles agreed to a one-year, $1.8 million deal with infielder Ryan Flaherty, who gets a bump from his $1.5 million salary in 2016.
The Orioles have seven players remaining that are arbitration-eligible: Chris Tillman, Zach Britton, Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman, Brad Brach and Caleb Joseph.
If the sides can’t reach a settlement by 1 p.m. Friday, each will submit an arbitration figure. The sides can continue to negotiate until a hearing in early February, after which one of the salaries will be selected.
FanRagSports.com had McFarland’s settlement first.
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