Orioles, starting pitcher Norris reach agreement to avoid arbitration

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The Orioles continued to chip away at their list of pending arbitration cases Monday by agreeing to a one-year contract with starting pitcher Bud Norris.

The right-hander will reportedly make $8.8 million this season after he originally submitted a $10.25 million salary figure and the Orioles countered at $7.5 million. Norris, 29, is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2015 season.

Norris was in line for a substantial raise after a career year that included a 15-8 record with a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts spanning 165 1/3 innings. He pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings in Game 3 of the American League Division Series as the Orioles beat Detroit 1-0 to advance to the AL Championship Series.

Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette will now turn his attention toward pitchers Miguel Gonzalez and Zach Britton and outfielders Steve Pearce and Alejandro De Aza as the club’s only remaining arbitration-eligible players yet to be signed.

The Orioles also officially announced the one-year agreement with infielder Ryan Flaherty reached Sunday night as well as minor-league deals with pitchers Steve Johnson and Dane De La Rosa and outfielder Chris Parmelee. Johnson, De La Rosa, and Parmelee will also receive invitations to major league spring training.

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