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Matt Wieters' current unemployment worries Orioles players on several levels

Matt Wieters' current unemployment worries Orioles players on several levels

Matt Wieters’ absence was mentioned often last weekend at Orioles FanFest, but not for the reason you might think.

Yes, some players noted that their longtime catcher being unsigned meant the door was open for a return to the Orioles, even if the presence of Welington Castillo, Francisco Pena and Caleb Joseph makes that improbable.

But more noteworthy, the fact that Wieters hasn't found a home as February arrives is another example that teams seem to value young, cost-controlled talent over veteran free agents.

To several Orioles who spoke on the topic at the otherwise joyous FanFest event, the fact that a four-time All-Star such as Wieters is available is quite...

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