We've had a lot of questions since the season ended on who will be back next year with the Orioles.
We don't have a crystal ball. But I can at least give you a sense – contractually, anyway – where guys are. I may be leaving a few out, but we'll address everyone you are concerned about.
Here are the club’s unrestricted free agents, meaning they become free agents as soon as the
The Orioles also have options on two players for 2013: A $1 million option ($100,000 buyout) on reliever
Reynolds' option, however, is pricey. The guess is that the Orioles will decline it. They have two other possibilities with Reynolds. He still has one year remaining in arbitration, so if the Orioles buy out the option, he could still remain with the club. But they likely would have to pay him around $9 million or so in arbitration (he made $7.5 million in 2012 and a pay cut would be highly unlikely). So the Orioles could non-tender him a contract by Nov. 30 and try to renegotiate a new deal with him.
Because they have so many young players who have at least three years of major league service time, but not enough for free agency (six years), the Orioles have 12 players eligible for arbitration this year. That means the players are under club control, but if they can't agree to a contract, an arbiter will pick between two figures after both sides present their cases at a hearing.
The Orioles have until Nov. 30 to tender those players a contract. If they don't, those players would become free agents (but could renegotiate with the Orioles as well as other teams). The key here is that if the Orioles want to keep these players, they can.
The list of arbitration eligible Orioles:
Two other Orioles, pitchers
In that case, the Orioles could have a mind-numbing 15 players that would be arbitration eligible if Reynolds' option is declined.
All of the rest of the Orioles fall into two remaining categories. They already have contracts for 2013 signed earlier (players such as