The Baltimore Orioles nine-win arbitration streak was officially snapped on Friday after reliever Brad Brach defeated the Orioles in an arbitration meeting held Thursday. Brach will make $3.05 Million.
The Baltimore Orioles hadn’t lost an arbitration case since 1996 vs. Ben McDonald. However, their win-streak was snapped on Friday morning when an arbitrator ruled in favor of reliever Brad Brach. Brach will make $3.05 Million for the 2017 season.
The Orioles were 11-1 in arbitration cases entering Thursday, making Brach’s win more noteworthy. Brach had a strong case in his favor after going 10-4 with a 2.05 ERA in 71 appearances. Brach also earned the first All-Star nod of his career in 2016.
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This is the second time Brach has been eligible for arbitration in his career. He’ll go through the arbitration merry-go-round once more before he becomes a free agent after the 2018 season.
After arriving in Orioles camp last weekend, Brach said he was willing to put the arbitration case behind him. Now, he can finally do that.
"“I think at this point, I just kind of want to get it done with,” Brach said. “Obviously, it’s either going to be this or that, and at this point it really doesn’t matter. I’m lucky enough to play baseball and that’s honestly the way I look at it. It’s a good salary, regardless of what it is, and I just want it to be done with.”"
With Brach’s arbitration case completed, the Orioles have resolved all nine of their arbitration cases. The Orioles were slated to go to three meetings this winter (Brach, Caleb Joseph and Kevin Gausman). The Orioles defeated Joseph in his arbitration case while the Orioles and Gausman settled on a $3.4 Million contract.