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Rasmus, Hunter, Kottaras agree to deals

Rasmus, Hunter, Kottaras agree to deals

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus, Baltimore pitcher Tommy Hunter and Oakland catcher George Kottaras agreed to one-year contracts, leaving 133 players eligible to file for salary arbitration Tuesday.

Rasmus gets $4,675,000 under Monday's agreement, Hunter $1.82 million and Kottaras $1 million.

San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward, Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza and Giants outfielder Hunter Pence are among those eligible to file.

Players and teams are scheduled to swap proposed salaries Friday, and hearings before three-arbitrator panels will take place next month in Phoenix.

Most cases will settle before they go to hearings, and some players eligible for arbitration already have agreed to contracts. Tampa Bay pitcher David Price, the AL Cy Young Award winner, reached a one-year agreement for $10,112,500.

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Kevin Gausman turned on MLB Network, and immediately changed the channel

Kevin Gausman turned on MLB Network, and immediately changed the channel

By Michaela Johnson

Baseball season has been over for a while, especially for the Orioles - it's been more than two months since Baltimore lost to Toronto in the American League Wild Card game.

When O's lefty Kevin Gausman turned on MLB Network last night, he was probably hoping for some Hot Stove or Intentional Talk, but that is not what he got.

Gausman had a 3.61 ERA last season, the best on the Baltimore's starting rotation. He did give up more home runs (28) than any other O's pitcher, but he also pitched the greatest number of innings.

Fans responded very supportively to Gausman's tweet, saying things like "dude you were nasty this year. No worries," and "It's all good. We still love you Kevin. You're gonna win 20 next year, just watch."

While 20 wins is somewhat of a stretch, Gausman isn't eligible for free agency until 2021, so he has at least a few more seasons with the Orioles to continue improving and remain a key part of their starting five.

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Orioles hire two former pitchers to bolster bench staff

Orioles hire two former pitchers to bolster bench staff

On Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles announced former pitchers Roger McDowell and Alan Mills will be joining the team for the upcoming season. McDowell will be the Orioles new pitching coach and Mills will coach the bullpen.

Replacing Dave Wallace, who retired from major league coaching at the end of the season, McDowell spent the past 11 years as the Atlanta Braves pitching coach. While in Atlanta he oversaw the development of All-Stars Craig Kimbrel and Julio Teheran.

Before his coaching days, he played in the league for 11 seasons as a reliever with a 3.30 ERA and 129 career saves. His last career stop was in Baltimore.

Mills has been a member of the Orioles organization for five seasons, his most recent assignment being in Bowie. There, he served as the pitching coach for the past two seasons. 

Both players are former Orioles even played with each other in 1996. A majority of Mills 12 year career was with Baltimore, in the team's bullpen. 

Last season, Baltimore's pitching staff averaged a 4.22 ERA (19th in MLB).