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Orioles, Zach Britton avoid arbitration with a one-year, $11.4 million deal

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The Baltimore Orioles and closer Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $11.4 million contract.

Questionable move, tactically speaking, by the Orioles. If it were me I would’ve taken Britton to arbitration and counted on his lawyers not calling him to the stand when he was most needed.

On the merits, though, it’s a good deal for everyone. Britton earned a big raise after his 0.54 ERA/47-for-47 save 2016 season.

Britton will be arbitration-eligible one more time next year and can become a free agent following the 2018 season.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.