Orioles beat writers Eduardo Encina and Jon Meoli talks the Orioles decision to not offer catcher Matt Wieter an offer and what options they have to fill the position. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Now that longtime catcher Matt Wieters is a free agent, the Orioles are preparing for life without their cornerstone backstop.
The team's future at the catching position might be the biggest offseason question mark. With Wieters unlikely to return and an unspectacular free-agent class behind him, the Orioles will vet their options for a replacement.
And after the Orioles spent $15.8 million on Wieters last season when he accepted a qualifying offer, there are several more cost-efficient options.
Incumbent Caleb Joseph suffered an offensive dropoff this past season while backing up Wieters. Joseph filled in admirably when Wieters was out following Tommy John elbow reconstruction and gradually returned to regular duty.
Top prospect Chance Sisco is waiting in the wings and should get a long look thing spring, and while he has shown he can hit at every minor league stop, questions still exist about whether he is ready to handle the duties of being a major league catcher.
These are some of the talking points we discuss in our second Baltimore Sun Orioles Insider video segment.