Wieters hopes for contract settlement without arbitration

Wieters hopes for contract settlement without arbitration
February 1, 2014, 3:30 pm
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BALTIMORE – Dan Duquette said he’d like to avoid arbitration with Matt Wieters. Wieters says he’s just keeping out of it.

Wieters has asked the Orioles for $8.75 million. The Orioles countered with $6.5 million. Last year, Wieters earned $5 million. Wieters thinks a settlement is possible.

“I hope so. I’m not really concerning myself with it. That’s what I have agents for. That’s what Dan and the front office; they’re going to work hard to get things done,” Wieters said.

Wieters’ agent, Scott Boras has said he had a good relationship with Duquette.

“Both sides respect each other. I’m going to stay out of it. When the time comes to make a decision, I’m going to make a decision.”

Chris Davis and the Orioles reached agreement on a one-year, $10.35 million last month. Duquette told fans at Satruday’s FanFest that the team would like to work out an agreement on an extension.

“That’s something we’re going to wait and see. It’s not my job to worry about it now. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it every day. I love it in Baltimore. This has really felt like a second home to me,” Davis said. “It’s hard not to fall in love with this city. The fans really understand the game of baseball. I’d like to stay.”

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In December, Duquette said he’d like to extend J.J. Hardy. No talks have taken place. This is the last year of Hardy’s three-year contract.

“No one’s come to me and said anything,” Hardy said. “If makes sense and it’s there, I’d like to finish my career here.”