Matt Wieters open to extension with Orioles

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Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is interested in signing a contract extension, but does not want it to distract him from the 2013 season according to MASN’s Steve Melewski:

Is he a player that would not be in favor of any in-season contract talks?

“You know, once the season gets here, I’d rather focus on the year,” Wieters said. “Like I said, I am here for three years no matter what, so it’s not like we have to get something done during the year. We love Baltimore and right now we are happy and excited for this year.”

The 26-year-old Wieters doesn’t become a free agent until after the 2015 season. However, he and the Orioles agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million deal on January 18, avoiding arbitration in his first year of eligibility. The Orioles could save themselves some money by buying out the remaining two years and beyond.

Wieters hit 23 home runs, made the All-Star team for the second time, and won a second Gold Glove award as well last season.

Cardinals name Mike Shildt bench coach, Jose Oquendo third base coach

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MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports that the Cardinals have named Mike Shildt the new bench coach and Jose Oquendo will once again serve as the third base coach. Willie McGee is also expected to join the coaching staff.

David Bell had been the Cardinals’ bench coach, but he just took a job with the Giants as the farm director. Shildt had been the third base coach and Oquendo most recently served as assistant to GM Michael Girsch.

The Cardinals are still looking for a pitching coach after getting rid of Derek Lilliquist.