Right-hander Jacob Webb won his arbitration hearing against the Orioles and will earn $1 million in 2024, a source with direct knowledge told The Baltimore Banner.

The Orioles argued for the reliever to make $925,000, but the panel sided with the 30-year-old and his representatives at KHG Sports. Earlier Tuesday, outfielder Austin Hays won his arbitration hearing as well, setting him up to earn $6.3 million in 2024.

Of the 17 arbitration-eligible players on the Orioles, first baseman and corner outfielder Ryan O’Hearn is the final player remaining without a salary figure decided for this season.

Webb was a midseason addition for Baltimore last year, joining as a waiver pickup from the Los Angeles Angels. He took off with the Orioles immediately, allowing just two runs in his first 12 1/3 innings. He was hit more as the season continued but finished the regular season in Baltimore with a 3.27 ERA in 22 innings.

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His postseason, however, was rocky. He allowed runs in each of his two American League Division Series appearances, including a grand slam from Texas Rangers infielder Mitch Garver that helped push Game 2 out of reach.

“Mainly, just execution, truly,” Webb said last month when asked what worked for him when he first arrived with the Orioles. “Focusing on executing what I needed to do every day, based on what they needed, as well.”

There will be ample competition ahead of Webb in spring training for a spot in the Orioles’ bullpen. They lost closer Félix Bautista due to Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, but Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias swung a deal to bring veteran reliever Craig Kimbrel to the club.

Webb may well be on the edge for a spot, along with Nick Vespi, Bruce Zimmermann, Bryan Baker and Keegan Akin. The trade of left-hander DL Hall to the Milwaukee Brewers frees up a spot for Webb and others as they compete in Sarasota, Florida.

“It’s going to be a little bit of a competition in spring, obviously,” Webb said. “We have a strong team as a whole. Every position is pretty solid, and I think we’re going to make a good run at this this year.”

Andy Kostka is an Orioles beat writer for The Baltimore Banner. He previously covered the Orioles for The Baltimore Sun. Kostka graduated from the University of Maryland and grew up in Rockville. 

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