As soon as the last out of the World Series is made, six Orioles will become free agents. The club then will have five days to work out contract extensions before players can begin negotiating with other teams.
Rarely do players sign during that exclusive period, and Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said recently that he expected all six to test the market.
In late October and early November, The Baltimore Sun is taking a look at each Orioles free agent's prospects and predicting the likelihood they return. On this scale, a 1 signifies the lowest chance and a 10 the highest.
Matt Wieters is only 29 and he had been one of the better all-around catchers in baseball since debuting in 2009. But right elbow surgery in 2014 cost him much of that season and a chunk of 2015. He only caught 55 games this season, and never on three consecutive days.
The side-arming Darren O'Day had his most impressive campaign in what has been a splendid four years in Baltimore. But the Orioles have already shown, with Andrew Miller, they won't pay closer money for a reliever not slated to close games.