Orioles, Steve Pearce avoid arbitration for $3.7 million

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Steve Pearce and the Orioles have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $3.7 million deal.

It’s the first big payday for Pearce, who languished in the minors for a long time before getting an extended opportunity in Baltimore.

He hit .293 with 21 homers and a .930 OPS in 102 games last season, topping 200 plate appearances for the first time at age 31.