The Orioles are keeping all six of their arbitration-eligible players. First baseman/designated hitter Trey Mancini, left-handed starter John Means and left-handed reliever Tanner Scott were offered contracts. The Orioles also eached agreement on one-year contracts with three arbitration-eligible players — outfielder Anthony Santander, right-hander Jorge López and left-hander Paul Fry.
Santander’s contract is for $3.1 million, according to MLB.com. FanSided reports that López’s is for $1.5 million. MASNsports.com reports that Fry’s deal is for $850,000.
MLBTradeRumors.com estimated that Santander, who earned $2.1 million in 2021, could earn $3.7 million in arbitration. López’s $1.5 million was MLBTradeRumors’ estimate. Fry’s arbitration number was pegged at $1.1 million.
Earlier in the day, the Orioles released right-handed reliever Brooks Kriske, who appeared in four games after he was acquired on waivers from the New York Yankees in September, so that he could pursue an international opportunity. They also lost infielder Lucius Fox, who was claimed on waivers from Kansas City on November 19th, to the Washington Nationals when they claimed him on waivers.
Infielder Richie Martin, a Rule 5 pick in 2018, was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.
Odor signs: The Orioles signed infielder Rougned Odor to a one-year contract on Tuesday night.
The 27-year-old Odor hit .202 with 15 home runs and 39 RBIs in 102 games with the Yankees in 2021. Odor hit 30 homers and drove in 93 runs for Texas in 2019 but hit .205 and led the American League in strikeouts with 178.
He’s entering the final year of a six-year, $49.5 million contract that he signed with Texas. The Rangers traded him to the Yankees last April, absorbing the bulk of the salary. The Orioles are responsible for paying Odor the minimum MLB salary.
That puts the Orioles’ 40-man roster at 38.