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Extension coming next offseason for Matt Wieters?

Feb 2, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

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Here’s Rich Dubroff, Orioles insider for

“I don’t know the timing of it,” Orioles executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette said at last month’s Fan Fest. “The good news is that Matt’s signed for this year. He had a great year. He’s continuing to improve as an RBI man. His leadership and defense are big plusses for the team. We’re looking forward to having him do that, and hopefully have him beyond the three years we have him on the team.”

The betting is that the Orioles and Wieters will wait until after this season and address the issue with a lucrative, long-term deal with two years to go before free agency. Another successful season for Wieters and the Orioles will only make that deal more lucrative.

Wieters was eligible for salary arbitration this winter for the first time and landed a $5.5 million salary for 2013.

The 26-year-old catcher batted .249/.329/.435 with 23 home runs, 27 doubles and 83 RBI in 144 games last season for the American League Wild Card-winning O’s while earning Gold Glove honors for his exceptional defense behind the plate. He is currently under team control through the 2015 campaign.

  1. thatswhatsgooood - Feb 2, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I hate the fact that Boras is his agent. I love Wieters but honestly he doesn’t deserve anything in the vicinity of $100 mil which is indubitably what that joker will push for. Even so I say you have to give him what he wants. His offense is getting better every season and his defense and pitch calling is top notch. Even though he may not be that offensive force like everyone was expecting, he more than makes up for it in those other departments. Hope they lock him up for a long time.

  2. Cereal - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    He’s under team control for many years & plays C,,,I love Wiets but there really should be no hurry. If he’s willing to have the team buy out his arb years & maybe tack on a year or two that would be great. But C is a rigorous position…lets see how things play out

  3. pisano - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    They better figure a way to lock him up, as he’s one of the best all around catchers in baseball.

  4. brianabbe - Feb 4, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    No chance Boras strikes a pre-FA deal. He’s praying Wieters puts up a .280/.375/.500 season worth 6-7 wins and tries to parlay that into a Joe Mauer contract, even though he’s about three batting titles, a few gold gloves and an MVP away from justifying that.

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