Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is due $8.3 million in 2015 — his final year of salary arbitration — and he can then become a free agent. And it sounds like he will indeed land on the open market next winter.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Orioles general manager Dan Duquette has “twice tried” to engage Wieters’ agent, Scott Boras, in contract extension negotiations but the talks haven’t led anywhere promising.
Wieters was limited to 26 games in 2014 due to Tommy John surgery, so Boras probably doesn’t want to talk numbers while his client’s value is at a relative low.
Wieters, 28, tallied 22 home runs and 79 RBI in 2013.
He’s going to get paid big by somebody at some point.