O’s, Means agree to 2-year deal, avoid arbitration

John Means saw his 2022 season come to an abrupt end after just eight innings, two games total.

The bonafide ace of the Baltimore Orioles, Means underwent Tommy John Surgery April 27, 2022, officially ending his 2022 campaign.

A blow to the team, the Orioles’ staff has stepped up, and unsung heros, such as Jordan Lyles and Bruce Zimmermann, have become strong holds, with rookie Kyle Bradish helping to round out a rotation that is tougher than many anticipated.

Many have speculated about what losing John Means will mean to his future with the Orioles. Though that dark cloud loomed, the sun has shown through, as the left-hander has signed a new two-year, $5.925 million deal with Baltimore.

Means will earn $2.95MM in 2022, and $2.975MM in 2023, as reported by Baltimore Baseball’s Rich Dubroff, via Twitter. Means is represented by the Wasserman Agency.

“It’s nice to not have to go to court and fight [in arbitration], especially in a sling. Probably not the best way to go about it.”

– John Means on his new deal with the O’s

Means, who made the team as an undrafted rookie and rose to stardom through his tough grit and performances, is best known as becoming the first Oriole starter to throw a complete game no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners last year.

For his career, Means is 20-24 in 70 games, with an ERA of 3.81. He has pitched 356.2 innings striking out 308 batters, while walking only 73 batters. His career WHIP sits at 1.082.

By locking up Means, that will keep him in Baltimore through the 2024 season and keep a veteran leader not only for the pitching staff but for the team as a whole.

Glad to have you in Birdland, John Means! It’s business as always!

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