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Matt Wieters would like a long-term deal with the Orioles

Jan 17, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Now that the Orioles have signed center fielder Adam Jones, manager Buck Showalter, and general manager Dan Duquette to long-term contract extensions Matt Wieters would also like to sign up for the long haul in Baltimore.

Wieters told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he’s “always been interested” in a long-term deal because “it’s a fun place to play and it’s a place where I enjoy playing.”

Wieters is arbitration eligible for the first time this season, which means he’s already under team control through 2015 and won’t be a free agent until age 30. To sign a good but not great catcher to a long-term extension that goes into his 30s would be a risk for the Orioles, although obviously it all depends on Wieters’ asking price.

He hasn’t quite lived up to the prospect hype as the next big thing, but Wieters has been very solid during the past two seasons while winning back-to-back Gold Glove awards and hitting .255 with 45 homers and a .771 OPS in 283 games.

  1. husky2score - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Go ahead that is fine by me. Wieters is one of the best in the Bigs right now.

  2. rmwuz - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Wonder how much $cott Bora$$ will demand for Wieters to sign long-term?

  3. dowhatifeellike - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Best defensive catcher in the league, calls a great game, super durable. Hits well enough. Extend him now before he has a breakout offensive season.

  4. rockthered1286 - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    “To sign a good but not great…”

    Seriously?! Wiet (wheat) is the best defensive catcher in baseball right now. He’s spent his career to date working strictly with young, inexperienced pitchers. His communcation with the pitchers is just phenomenal (Chen included!). The only thing you can knock is his bat. which is finally starting to come around. So perhaps if you’d like to reword and say not great OFFENSIVELY I’d be okay with that. But come on man… give the man some credit.

  5. watermelon1 - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    While I’d like him to be more of a threat at the plate, a real fear-inducing guy that clubs end up walking because they are that intimidated….

    just look at the difference in the Orioles pitching when this guy is behind the plate versus… well, anyone else they put back there.

    This is exactly why I hated hearing people say he’s too big, and they should move him to first base.

    The guy understands batters, and knows how to call a game for his pitchers.

    Oh, and it’s just plain funny to watch people try and steal bases on him.

  6. Mark - Jan 17, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    “To sign a good but not great catcher to a long-term extension that goes into his 30s would be a risk for the Orioles, although obviously it all depends on Wieters’ asking price.”

    I think that’s pretty disingenuous to call him a “good but not great catcher”. Over the past 2 years he’s 4th in the majors in WAR (9.1). Even if you think the fielding bonus is too generous (21 runs), then knock off 2 wins and he’s a 7.1 WAR C over the past 2 years. He would then be the 7th best C in the game over that time.

    There’s a good argument that he’s a top 5 C in the game, and that is a hell of a lot better than the “good but not great” label you provided.

  7. dallas4life - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Pay the man

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