The Orioles aren’t expected to make a $17.2 million qualifying offer to catcher Matt Wieters, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. As a result, Wieters will enter free agency without draft pick compensation attached to him, which may make him more enticing to interested teams.
Wieters, 30, had a disappointing season, batting .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 464 plate appearances. He’s missed a lot of time due to injuries in recent years and he has never lived up to his hype as a prospect. Plus, the Orioles have a catching prospect on the way up in Chance Sisco, so the club would rather not have to pay him $17.2 million next season.
Wieters is the top catching prospect in a weak free agent market. Wilson Ramos would have been the top catcher, but he suffered a devastating knee injury near the end of the regular season and likely won’t be ready until next summer.