Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie has reached a one-year, $3 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles, thus avoiding salary arbitration. He had been seeking $3.625 million while the Orioles were offering $2.3 million. Guthrieâ€™s $3 million salary for the upcoming season is $37,500 over the $2,962,500 mid-point between asking and offering figures. It is just the second contract reached above mid-point for all players that exchanged figures. Brewers reliever Carlos Villanueva reached a $950,000 deal on Jan. 26 that was $12,500 above mid-point.
Guthrie, 30, went 10-17 with a 5.04 ERA (200.0IP, 112ER) in 33 starts for the Orioles in 2009. Guthrie was Baltimore â€™s Opening Day starter and his 200 innings pitched led the club and set a career high.
In 95 games (89 starts) over the last three years with Baltimore , Guthrie is 27-34 with a 4.15 ERA (566.0IP, 261ER).
Over his 111 career games (90 starts) in the major leagues, Guthrie is 27-34 with a 4.27 ERA (603.0IP, 286ER).
Guthrie was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on January 29, 2007. He was originally selected by Cleveland in the first round of the 2002 First Year Player Draft (22nd overall pick) out of Stanford University .
A first-time salary arbitration eligible player, Guthrieâ€™s $3 million salary for 2010 is a 362 percent increase from the $650,000 he earned last season.
With Guthrieâ€™s settlement, and B.J. Upton having his hearing today, the number of players left in salary arbitration is now at eight. See the salary arbitration scorecard for hearing rulings, and the salary arbitration figures page for details on those that have exchanged figures.
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