On Friday, the Orioles reached agreements with their final three arbitration-eligible players: Hanser Alberto, Mychal Givens and Trey Mancini.
Alberto settled for $1.65 million, according to MLB.com. That figure was confirmed by an industry source. Givens’ 2020 contract is for $3.225 million, according to USA Today, and confirmed by an industry source. Mancini’s agreement was reported by MASNSports.com. Mancini will earn $4.75 million, according to MLB.com.
Executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias has avoided arbitration in his two years here.
On Thursday, the Orioles reached agreement with right-hander Miguel Castro for $1.05 million plus incentives. MLB.com reported that deal, and it was confirmed by an industry source.
The Orioles began December with seven arbitration-eligible players. They traded infielder Jonathan Villar to Miami just before the deadline for offering contracts on December 2. Villar settled for $8.2 million, according to Jon Heyman.
Two days later, the Orioles traded starting pitcher Dylan Bundy to the Los Angeles Angels.
Left-handed reliever Richard Bleier reached an agreement on an $915,000 contract several hours before the deadline for offering contracts.
Orioles acquire Urena: The Orioles acquired infielder Richard Urena on waivers from Toronto. The 23-year-old switch-hitter hit .243 in 30 games for the Blue Jays last season.
In 91 games over the past three seasons, Urena has hit .253 with two home runs and 14 RBIs.
Urena can play shortstop and second base and will contend for a utllity job.
To make room for Urena on the 40-man roster, infielder Pat Valaika was designated for assignment.
Good news for Castro: Castro’s traumatic week came to a peaceful end when two of the three suspects in his armed robbery in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday were apprehended. Police posted a photo of Castro being reunited with his stolen necklaces on Twitter.