Orioles finalize 1-year deal with infielder Everth Cabrera
FEB 25, 10:15a ET | AP
StatsLLC: Jan 26 / 12:00a ET
News: Flaherty and the Baltimore Orioles have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract for $1,075,000. Flaherty would get a $25,000 bonus if he reaches 400 plate appearances this season.
Impact: The 28-year-old hit .221 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 312 plate appearances last year, when he made $512,500. He appeared in all four infield positions, left field and right field.
Rotowire: Jan 25 / 7:03p ET
News: Flaherty's signed a one-year, $1.075 million contract to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Impact: Flaherty can earn another $25,000 if he gets 400 plate appearances, which seems unlikely but not unthinkable. While the Orioles value him for his versatility, Flaherty offers little in the way of speed, batting average or on-base skills. He owns a .221/.283/.369 slash line through 680 career at-bats, with 23 home runs and just four stolen bases. He does have more power than your typical utility player, but Flaherty is rarely used against left-handed pitchers, and he also struggles to hit right-handers. All but four of his 280 at-bats last season came from the bottom third of the batting order.