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Orioles avoid arbitration with Kevin Gausman

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The Orioles avoided arbitration with right-hander Kevin Gausman on Sunday, according to a report by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The two sides settled on a one-year, $3.45 million contract that includes a $50,000 bonus if Gausman reaches 30 starts in 2017 and an additional $50,000 if he completes 33 starts.

The right-hander filed at $3.55 million last month, which was met with an initial offer of $3.15 million from the Orioles. The team was reportedly set to deploy their “file-and-trial” method with all arbitration-eligible players in 2017, though they’ve only taken one player to a hearing so far.

Gausman, 26, is approaching his fifth run with Baltimore. He went 9-12 in 30 starts for the Orioles last season, producing a 3.61 ERA, 2.4 BB/9 and 8.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings.

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.