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Guthrie and Orioles agree to $5.75 million deal

Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie and the Baltimore Orioles agreed Friday to a $5.75 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

The deal was at the midpoint of the $6.5 million Guthrie had requested and the $5 million Baltimore had offered when the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month. A hearing had been scheduled for next week.

The 31-year-old led the Orioles in wins and was 11-14 with a 3.83 ERA in a team-high 32 starts last year, when he made $3 million. He had a 4-11 record through July 28 but won seven of his final 10 decisions.

Guthrie was the last Orioles player in arbitration. The last time they presented a case was in 2006 with pitcher Rodrigo Lopez.

Players and owners have split the two cases decided thus far, with Pittsburgh pitcher Ross Ohlendorf winning and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver losing.

Seven players remain scheduled for hearings next week.