Brach prevails in arbitration hearing

Brach prevails in arbitration hearing

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Brad Brach, who made his first All-Star team last season, prevailed in his arbitration hearing and will make $3.05 million in 2017.

The Orioles countered his camp's figure with $2.525 million. The news, delivered Friday morning while the team was stretching, is just the second time in 13 arbitration hearings that an O's player has won.

Baltimore won its other case with catcher Caleb Joseph already, and Brach's hearing completes the team's arbitration process.

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"The last two nights, it's just been tough with sleep. I wasn't nervous about it. I just wanted it to be done with," Brach said Friday morning, before he found out the news. "After we went through everything yesterday, I just want to see how we did basically. Nobody likes to lose."

Brach, 30, made $1.25 million last season and is coming off a career 2016 in which he had a 2.05 ERA, helping fill in the late innings without setup man Darren O'Day.

Brach said that while the two sides were never close to reaching a deal, he didn't harbor any resentment over having to go to an independent arbitrator.

"I'm extremely lucky to play this game, and I get paid a really good salary to play," Brach said. "We all do, and I think if I was going be mad over the difference, I shouldn't be playing. I should be doing something else. That's just the way I look at it."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.