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Orioles sign left-hander John Means for two years to avoid arbitration

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The Orioles on Saturday agreed to a two-year, $5.925 million contract with left-hander John Means to avoid arbitration, an industry source with direct knowledge of the agreement confirmed.

Means, 29, was in his first year of arbitration qualification and was due to go to a hearing with the Orioles to determine his 2022 salary, deciding between the team’s $2.7 million figure and his suggested $3.1 million. The mean per year average of deals first reported by The Athletic is slightly above the midpoint of those values.

Means told The Baltimore Sun that the deal had been in the works for the past week, but was finalized on Friday night.

“It’s good to get it out of the way,” Means said. “It is not good to not go to court and fight for anything. It’s a good idea not to do this, especially in a sling. This is probably not the best way to go about it. ,

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Means was the Orioles’ opening day starter this season, but made only two starts before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery. He is expected to return sometime in 2023. After this contract, he will have one year of arbitration eligibility remaining.

“Everyone wants to avoid arbitration,” Means said. “I’m glad we were able to.”

In addition to calling up top prospect Adley Ratschman, the Orioles on Saturday reinstated first baseman Ryan Mountcastle from the 10-day injured list, recalled right-hander Mike Bauman and called right-hander Logan Glaspie and left-hander Nick Vespi. Triple A. Glaspie and Wespi did not allow a run in their collective first three major league appearances.

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“As you start getting better and you start getting more talent at the upper levels and you start getting more talent in the big leagues, the roster moves get harder and harder by you because you are losing the people you love. Don’t want to lose sometimes, I guess, out of necessity,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “I am very impressed with how our youth have come here so far this year and have competed at a high level.”

Hyde expects Baumann to provide several innings of relief, covering for a bullpen that is in the middle of a long stretch of play. Bauman was sent to Triple-A to improve his command, and Hyde now feels he is making more attacks.

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