Orioles sign Andino to avoid arbitration

One-year deal with infielder reportedly worth $1.3 million

By Evan Drellich / MLB.com | 01/25/12 11:30 AM EST

The Orioles' number of potential arbitration cases dropped to three on Wednesday with the signing of infielder Robert Andino.
Andino, 27, posted a .263 average with a .327 on-base percentage and a .344 slugging percentage last season, playing in a career-high 139 games between second base, third, shortstop and left field. His 120 hits, five home runs, 36 RBIs and 13 stolen bases were also career bests.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Andino will be making $1.3 million -- the halfway point between Baltimore's $1 million offer and the $1.6 million Andino's camp sought.

The O's have yet to reach terms with right-handed starter Jeremy Guthrie, center fielder Adam Jones and righty Brad Bergesen. If necessary, arbitration hearings are scheduled to be held league-wide from Feb. 1-21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.