Closer Zach Britton agrees with Orioles on 1-year, $6.75 million deal

BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton has agreed to terms on a $6.75 million contract for 2016, avoiding arbitration.

The agreement was reached Friday. Britton was asking for $7.9 million and Baltimore countered with a $5.6 million offer before a compromise was reached.

He made $3,525,000 last season.

Britton was the last player on the team eligible for arbitration.

Britton went 4-1 with 36 saves in 40 opportunities last year. A left-hander, he had a 1.92 ERA with 79 strikeouts and only 14 walks.

Over the past two seasons, Britton has 73 saves in 81 opportunities.

Formerly a starter, Britton is 25-20 with 73 saves and a 3.70 ERA over his five-year career.