O's agree to terms, avoid arbitration with 8 players including Mullins, Means

5 unable to reach deals, set for hearing

January 12th, 2024

BALTIMORE -- When Thursday began, the Orioles had 13 arbitration-eligible players who had not yet agreed to contract terms for the 2024 season. Each had until 1 p.m. ET to do so, but if they were unsuccessful, salary figures would be exchanged by 8 p.m. ET and arbitration hearings would be scheduled.

Eight Baltimore players came to terms to avoid arbitration; five did not.

The following Orioles players agreed on salary figures for the upcoming season: left-handers and ; outfielders and ; first baseman ; right-handers and ; and infielder Ramón Urías.

These Baltimore players did not come to terms: left-handers and ; outfielder ; first baseman ; and right-hander Jacob Webb.

For the five who have not yet signed deals, arbitration hearings will be scheduled in Scottsdale, Ariz., between Jan. 29 and Feb. 16. The parties could continue to negotiate up until then. The Orioles typically prefer not to do so once hearings have been set, but they have agreed to terms during that period in the past, including with Trey Mancini in 2022 and Austin Voth in ‘23.

Here were the numbers exchanged between the team and the five players set for hearings, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand:

Exchanged figures
Hays $6.3 million/O's $5.85 million
O'Hearn $3.8 million/O's $3.2 million
Coulombe $2.4 million/O's $2.2 million
Pérez $1.4 million/O's $1.1 million
Webb $1 million/O's $925,000

At hearings, an arbiter rules in favor of one of the two parties, setting that player's salary for the season. Since Mike Elias became general manager in November 2018, only one Baltimore player has gone to an arbitration hearing. Santander lost his case in ‘21, making the $2.1 million offered by the Orioles rather than the $2.475 million proposed by his representation.

Of those who signed Thursday, Santander received the largest payday, as the 29-year-old outfielder will reportedly earn $11.7 million in the final year of his contract with Baltimore, per FanSided. Santander capitalized on another strong showing in 2023, when he led the team in RBIs (95) and doubles (41) while tying for the team lead in home runs (28).

Mullins will reportedly make $6.325 million, per MASN. The 29-year-old center fielder had 23 doubles, three triples, 15 homers, 74 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 116 games last year.

Mountcastle will earn $4.137 million, a source told MLB Network’s Jon Paul Morosi. The 26-year-old first baseman was limited to 115 games last season, but he still collected 21 doubles, 18 homers and 68 RBIs while posting a .780 OPS.

Although Means made only four starts last year upon his return from Tommy John surgery, he’ll be getting a raise in 2024, earning $3.325 million, a source told Morosi. The 30-year-old left-hander is entering the final year of his contract with the Orioles.

Urías will earn $2.1 million during the upcoming season, a source told Feinsand. The 29-year-old infielder played 116 games last year and made 73 starts at third base, where he won a Gold Glove Award in 2022.

Irvin will reportedly make $2 million in the upcoming season, per The Baltimore Banner. The 29-year-old southpaw had a 4.42 ERA in 24 games (12 starts) last year, his first with the O’s.

After a strong 2023 season, Wells will make $1.9625 million in ‘24, a source told Feinsand. The 29-year-old right-hander had a 3.64 ERA in 25 games (20 starts) last year.

Tate will make the same in 2024 as he did in ‘23 ($1.5 million, a source told Morosi). The 29-year-old right-handed reliever will look to have a strong season after missing all of last year due to elbow/forearm injuries.

Baltimore entered the offseason with 17 arbitration-eligible players, and it tendered contracts to all of them. Left-hander Keegan Akin ($825,000), shortstop Jorge Mateo ($2.7 million) and outfielders Sam Hilliard ($800,000) and Ryan McKenna ($800,000) previously agreed to terms in November to avoid arb hearings.