Orioles LHP Britton accepts 1-year deal, avoids arbitration

BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles closer Zach Britton has agreed to terms on a $6.75 million contract for 2016, avoiding arbitration.

The agreement was reached Friday. Britton was asking for $7.9 million and Baltimore countered with a $5.6 million offer before a compromise was reached.

He made $3,525,000 last season.

Britton was the last player on the team eligible for arbitration.

Britton went 4-1 with 36 saves in 40 opportunities last year. The left-hander had a 1.92 ERA and 79 strikeouts compared to only 14 walks.

Over the last two seasons, Britton has 73 saves in 81 opportunities.

Formerly a starter, Britton is 25-20 with 73 saves and a 3.70 ERA over his five-year career.