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The Orioles completed their list of pre-arbitration-eligible players Sunday, when they signed starter Jeremy Guthrie to a one-year, $650,000 deal, according to The Baltimore Sun.
The Sun added that Guthrie will take a $120,000 pay cut because he signed a Major League contract coming out of Stanford in 2002, and his salary in '08 was well above the scale for his service time.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Orioles and Brian Roberts completed their deal on Friday, putting the final touches on a four-year, $40 million contract extension that will take the second baseman through the 2013 season.
"I think we're all excited about the possibility that it is [done]," Roberts said on Thursday. "It's been a long process, but hopefully in the end it works out and both sides are happy."
The Orioles avoided salary arbitration with George Sherrill, signing the All-Star reliever last night to a $2.75million deal for the 2009 season. Sherrill, who saved 31 games last season, tripled his salary from 2008. Sherrill had asked for $3.4million, and the Orioles had offered $2.2million. "We leave on Sunday [for spring training]. It's good to be able to fly down and have it behind us," Sherrill said. The arbitration hearing had been scheduled for Feb.19. The signing means the Orioles won't have any hearings again this season.