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Reliever Brian Matusz and Orioles agree to $3.9 million, 1-year contract

Jul 19, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Brian Matusz (17) pitches during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Orioles beat the Tigers 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 19, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Brian Matusz (17) pitches during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Orioles beat the Tigers 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles reached agreement with left-hander Brian Matusz on a $3.9 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

Matusz went 1-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 58 appearances out of the bullpen last season for Baltimore. He struck out 59 over 49 innings.

The 28-year-old, who made $3.2 million last year, has a career record of 27-41 with a 4.76 ERA in seven seasons.

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Matusz asked for $4.4 million and the Orioles offered $3.5 million, leaving the Thursday's agreement $50,000 below the midpoint.

Closer Zach Britton is the Orioles' only remaining player in arbitration.