No arbitration cases in MLB

Feb. 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A deal between the Baltimore Orioles and pitcher Darren O'Day means for the first time since 1974 there will be no MLB arbitration hearings.

A total of 133 players filed arbitration requests this year with Major League Baseball but by Monday all had reached agreements with their teams. It is the first time since the arbitration program began in 1974 that arbitrators will hear no cases.

The most arbitration cases totaled 35 in 1986 and the previous low was three, first reached in 2005 and again in 2009.

The Orioles on Monday announced they reached agreement with O'Day on a 2-year deal with a club option for 2015. O'Day was 7-1 with a 2.28 earned run average last season.

Financial terms weren't released but O'Day was seeking $3.2 million for 2013 and Baltimore offered $1.8 million. O'Day was paid $1.35 million in 2012.

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