The Orioles and starter Kevin Gausman avoided arbitration on Tuesday, agreeing on a $5.6 million salary for the 2018 season, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. Gausman had filed for $6.225 million and the Orioles countered at $5.3 million. The agreed-upon salary comes in a bit under the midpoint between the two figures.
Gausman, 27, was in his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. Last season, the right-hander finished with a 4.68 ERA and a 179/71 K/BB ratio across 186 2/3 innings.
Gausman got the ball on Opening Day last year for the O’s. It’ll likely be him again or Dylan Bundy this year.
The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.
Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.
Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.