The addition of Wade Miley gives the Orioles a left-handed starter for the first time this season, it also adds another hefty contract for next year.
Miley is guaranteed $6.167 million, and the Orioles will be responsible for a little more than a third that amount.
Next year, Miley’s contract is for $8.917 million, and it gives the Orioles seven guaranteed contracts that total more than $93 million.
Chris Davis ($23 million), Adam Jones ($16.33 million), J.J. Hardy ($14 mil), Ubaldo Jimenez ($13.5 mil.), Yovani Gallardo ($11 mil) and Darren O’Day ($7 million) are already signed for next year. Davis and O’Day have deferred a significant amount of their salary. Gallardo has deferred a smaller part of his.
Hyun Soo Kim has a more team-friendly contract that will pay him $4.2 million in 2017.
The Orioles payroll, which according to Cott’s Baseball Contract was at $147,693,713 this season could rise next season.
While Matt Wieters ($15.8 million this year), Mark Trumbo ($9.15 million) and Pedro Alvarez ($5.75 million) all could be moving on, the team could try for extensions with Chris Tillman, Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop, all of which could be costly.
The team could also seek to re-sign Wieters.
Miley, Gallardo, Tillman, Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman will all be under club control for 2017 and while the team would like to find a taker for Jimenez’s large deal, that’s highly unlikely.
Miley also has a $12 million team option for 2017.
Some Orioles fans, who decried the team for failing to compete in the free agent market in years past, have had little to moan about this season, and Miley’s acquisition could give them even less to complain about.