Orioles may try to sign Wieters for the long term

Orioles may try to sign Wieters for the long term
January 19, 2013, 12:45 pm
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On Friday, the Orioles agreed on a one-year, $5.5 million contract with Matt Wieters, avoiding arbitration.

Even though Wieters can’t be a free agent for three more years, the Orioles aren’t adverse to a long-term deal.  

“We got a good deal with Matt Wieters. He’s happy with it. The team’s happy with it. He returns to lead our team,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.

“I like Matt Wieters, and I like his leadership, and I’m sure there will be opportunities for the team and Matt to address a longer-term relationship. I don’t know the timing of it. The good news is that Matt’s signed for this year. He had a great year. He’s continuing to improve as an RBI man. His leadership and defense are big plusses for the team. We’re looking forward to having him do that, and hopefully have him beyond the three years we have him on the team,” Duquette said.

The Orioles also signed Chris Davis, Brian Matusz and Troy Patton to one-year contracts.

Jason Hammel, Jim Johnson and Darren O’Day exchanged figures with the club, and if no agreement can be made by early next month, the parties will go to arbitration.

“We’re going to do what we can to sign the other players, but we’re not afraid of going to arbitration, but our first choice would be to sign them,” Duquette said.