Orioles and catcher Matt Wieters more than $2 million apart in arbitration
By By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun|
Jan 17, 2014 | 6:52 PM
The Orioles lone arbitration case has them more than $2 million apart.
Catcher Matt Wieters, represented by agent Scott Boras, has filed for a 2014 salary worth $8.75 million, while the Orioles filed at $6.5 million. The club settled with the rest of their arbitration-eligible players on Friday.
The 27-year-old Wieters made $5.5 million in 2013, when he hit .235 with a .287 on-base percentage and had 22 homers and 79 RBIs in 148 games. He was a finalist for a Gold Glove, but did not win.
The Orioles can continue to negotiate with Wieters up until hearings begin at some point next month. Then, after a hearing, the three-person panel will choose one of the two filed salary numbers.
The Orioles have not gone to arbitration since they won against Brad Bergesen in 2012. Their last hearing before that was in 2006 – when they beat Boras client Rodrigo Lopez.
The club is 7-0 in arbitration when led by general counsel H. Russell Smouse and 9-1 since the team has been owned by attorney Peter Angelos. The loss came against starting pitcher Ben McDonald in 1995, with Boras representing McDonald.