In Mike Elias’ first offseason as Orioles general manager, he gets to avoid going to arbitration with any of the three players who were eligible.
On Friday, Dylan Bundy, Mychal Givens and Jonathan Villar, the only three players who could have gone to arbitration agreed to one-year contracts with the team.
Bundy, who was the team’s Opening Day starter, suffered from allowing a major-league leading 41 home runs. He was 8-16 with a 5.45 ERA. His 16 losses tied for the American League lead. Bundy will earn $2.8 million.
Givens inherited the closer’s job after the trades of Zach Britton and Brad Brach. He was 0-7 with a 3.99 ERA, and had nine saves in 13 chances. Givens will earn $2.15 million.
Villar, who was acquired from Milwaukee in the July 31 trade for Jonathan Schoop, figures to be the team’s starting second baseman. He hit .258 with eight home runs and 24 RBIs. Villar led the team with 21 stolen bases in 24 attempts. Villar will earn $4.825,000.
Picking up another infielder
In the past month, Elias has added four infielders to the team’s 40-man roster. On Friday, he acquired Hanser Alberto on waivers from the New York Yankees.
To make room for Alberto, the Orioles designated catcher Andrew Susac for assignment.
Alberto has hit .192 in 89 games in 2015, 2016 and 2018 with Texas. He plays each of the infield positions.
Alberto joins Rio Ruiz, Richie Martin and Drew Jackson, each of whom were added to the 40-man roster at last month’s Winter Meetings.
Ruiz was claimed on waivers from Atlanta while Martin and Jackson were Rule 5 draft selections.
Susac hit .115 in nine games with the Orioles.
Season ticket renewals
Orioles season ticket holders received invoices on Friday. Prices are unchanged from 2018.
Elias e-mailed a letter to season ticket holders, and said that the team is still working “on assembling the very best coaching staff for our organization and we are looking forward to announcing many of those additions soon.”