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Orioles leaning toward making catcher Matt Wieters a qualifying offer by end of the week

Orioles leaning toward making catcher Matt Wieters a qualifying offer by end of the week

The Orioles will make qualifying offers to first baseman Chris Davis and left-handed starter Wei-Yin Chen by the end of the week, but the decision on whether to make the same offer to catcher Matt Wieters has been one of the club’s toughest early in the offseason.

The team has until Friday at 5 p.m. to make Wieters a qualifying offer, and while they are leaning toward doing so, according to club sources, the Orioles' front office is still discussing it.

By giving the 29-year-old Wieters a qualifying offer, the Orioles are making him a one-year contract offer of $15.8 million. It also means the Orioles would receive a compensatory draft pick if Wieters signs with...

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