Gausman, Orioles agree to $5.6M deal, avoiding arbitration

FILE - In this July 14, 2017, file photo, Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman throws to the Chicago Cubs during an interleague baseball game in Baltimore, Friday, July 14, 2017. Its hard to perceive the Orioles as a contender in the AL East coming off a last-place finish and with a rotation that currently lists only Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles avoided an arbitration hearing with pitcher Kevin Gausman, agreeing to a $5.6 million, one-year contract.

Gausman had asked for $6,225,000 and the Orioles had submitted $5.3 million when proposed salaries were swapped last month, making the settlement $162,500 below the midpoint. He earned $3.45 million last year in his first of four arbitration-eligible seasons.

His deal includes bonuses of $50,000 each for 25, 30, 33 starts; $50,000 if he makes the All-Star team; and $50,000 if he earns a Gold Glove.

Gausman’s hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday. With the agreement announced Tuesday, Baltimore avoided arbitration with all seven arbitration-eligible players.

Gausman went 11-12 with a 4.68 ERA last season, making a career-high 34 starts with a personal-best 179 strikeouts. The right-hander was 3-7 on June 21 before rebounding.

The 27-year-old is 34-43 with a 4.18 ERA in five major league seasons, all with the Orioles.

Gausman and Dylan Bundy are the only two clear starters in Baltimore’s rotation.

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