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Orioles, Kevin Gausman avoid arbitration

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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.

Rays acquire C.J. Cron from Angels

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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.