The Baltimore Orioles avoided arbitration yesterday with both Ryan Flaherty and T.J. McFarland. Flaherty signed on for 2017 with a salary of $1.8 million, and McFarland for $685,500. The Orioles of course have several other notable players elgible for arbitration, however these are two who’s deals are done.
Speaking for myself, I think that these are both fair salaries for these players – especially Flaherty, who made $1.5 million last year. Ironically both players are former Rule 5 picks. While it’s a running joke across the league that the Orioles always utilize the Rule 5 draft, if you’re a player chosen by the Orioles in that fashion you also know at this point that you’re going to be given much more than a fighting chance.
Flaherty of course was chosen in the 2011 Rule 5 draft, and began with the Orioles in 2012. He was a fan favorite from day one, mainly because he was a jack of all trades in a sense. He’s an infielder by trade, but he can play the outfield, and even pitch and catch if necessary.
McFarland of course is a big part of the Orioles’ bullpen, which is one of their biggest strengths. He’s a good long man to say the least, and he’s helped the Orioles out in some tough spots to say the least over time. Needless to say, both of these players were smart to sign. The Orioles haven’t lost an arbitration hearing in over 20 years!