Orioles, Wieters agree on 1-year contract

Orioles, Wieters agree on 1-year contract
January 18, 2013, 3:00 pm
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The Orioles and Matt Wieters reached agreement on a one-year, $5.5 million contract on Friday.

The agreement enables the team and Wieters to avoid a potentially messy arbitration agreement, and gives the All-Star catcher a raise of $5 million over last year.

MLBTradeRumors.com estimated that Wieters could earn $4.6 million in arbitration, so the catcher and his skilled agent Scott Boras, did very well.

This agreement probably sets the stage for a long-term extension between the Orioles and Wieters, though he still has three years left before free agency.

The Orioles also reached agreement with Chris Davis ($3.3 million), Brian Matusz (1.6 million) and Troy Patton ($815,000) on one-year contracts.

Three players, Jason Hammel, Jim Johnson and Darren O’Day, did not reach agreement and exchanged arbitration figures with the Orioles.

There’s still plenty of time for the three to reach agreement with the Orioles. Hearings won’t e held until early February.

Last year, Robert Andino, Brad Bergesen, Jeremy Guthrie and Adam Jones all filed for arbitration. Andino and Jones settled before arbitration, Guthrie was traded on the verge of arbitration, and Bergesen lost his case.

NOTES:

--According to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy, the Orioles re-signed Stu Pomeranz to a minor league contract. They also re-signed Steve Pearce, who was outrighted to Norfolk as well as catcher Chase Weems and infielder Travis Adair, the son of pitching coach Rick Adair.