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MAR 28, 1:44p ET | Ken Rosenthal
Rotowire: Mar 10 / 10:13p ET
News: Britton has thrown two scoreless innings this spring and his fastball has topped out in the mid-90s, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Britton has a reputation as a finesse pitcher because of all the ground balls he induces, but he throws hard too. He has embraced his role as the closer after a breakout 2014 in which he had 37 saves and outstanding rations. Britton remains on track to open the season as Baltimore's closer.
Rotowire: Feb 4 / 3:18p ET
News: Britton agreed to a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Orioles on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Impact: The deal also includes $300,000 in performance bonuses depending on the number of games Britton finishes. He'll retain his closer duties this season and look to build on an impressive 2014 campaign in which he finished with 37 saves and a 1.65 ERA.
StatsLLC: Feb 4 / 12:00a ET
News: Britton and the Baltimore Orioles have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $3.2 million, one-year contract. The agreement Wednesday allows the 27-year-old left-hander to earn $300,000 in performance bonuses based on games finished: $50,000 each for 40, 45 and 55, and $75,000 apiece for 50 and 60.
Impact: Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Britton had asked for $4.2 million and had been offered $3.2 million when the sides exchanged figures last month. The settlement was at the midpoint. Britton became the Orioles' closer last year and was 3-2 with a 1.65 ERA and 37 saves in 41 chances for the AL East champions, finishing 49 games. He made $521,500.