The Baltimore Orioles officially signed right-hander Chris Tillman to a one-year contract on Wednesday.
Tillman, 29, agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal to remain with the Orioles on Monday and had to wait through the approval process. He can reportedly earn an additional $7 million in the incentive-laden contract.
“It is a relief,” Tillman said as he prepared to take the field at spring training in Sarasota, Fla., on Wednesday morning, per the Baltimore Sun. “I’ve been stuck inside looking out the windows for the last three days, so it feels good to finally be able to join the team and get out and get my feet under me.”
Tillman has gone 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in 198 starts (203 games), spending all nine major league seasons with the Orioles. He collected 10 or more wins in four straight seasons (2013-16) and ranks tied for 12th in Orioles history (since 1954) in career wins.
Tillman struggled with shoulder injuries last season and went 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 93 innings over 19 starts and five relief appearances.
Originally selected by Seattle in the second round of the 2006 draft, Tillman played two seasons in the Mariners’ minor league system before being traded to the Orioles on Feb. 8, 2008.
To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Jaycob Brugman was designated for assignment.
Brugman, 26, was acquired by the Orioles from the Oakland Athletics on Nov. 22. He batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 48 games for the A’s last season.
–Field Level Media