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Matt Wieters exercises $10.5 million player option

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that Matt Wieters intends to exercise his $10.5 million option for 2018.

An easy decision for Wieters, as he’s coming off a terrible 2017 at the plate and would not get anything approaching $10.5 million on the open market. Weiters was one of the worst-hitting regulars in baseball in 2017 with a .225/.288/.344 batting line. His defense, once his calling card, is not what it once was and his multiple defensive blunders in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Cubs helped cost the Nationals the game.

That kinda stinks, but it’s nice to have that $10.5 million option to fall back on and, hopefully, put together a bounceback year in 2018.

Colby Rasmus signs a minor league deal with the Orioles

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.