The Orioles managed to bring back Matt Wieters, Darren O'Day and Chris Davis, three of the six players who were in a position to leave for a possibly more lucrative contract with another team. The price tag was staggering — $207.8 million — and that number figures to rise before the club is through upgrading the pitching staff.
Orioles fans would love to live in a world where their team was willing to spend a guaranteed $230 million for Chris Davis and Wei-Yin Chen on top of $15.8 million next season for Matt Wieters and a record $31 million deal for setup man Darren O'Day. That would certainly show they are committed to fielding a competitive team after last year's .500 finish. What it would not have done, however, was make the Orioles a better team than they were last year.
Though the Orioles still are at least one experienced starting pitcher short of getting back to even this offseason, the fans who crowded into the Baltimore Convention Center for FanFest on Saturday seemed positively inclined toward the front office's early effort. The Orioles have traded for a possible replacement for Chris Davis, retained Matt Wieters and are a few details away from re-signing Darren O'Day. And it was hard to find any fans who were dissatisfied with the level of proactivity
The Orioles have been uncharacteristically active early in the offseason, trading for slugger Mark Trumbo, retaining catcher Matt Wieters on a one-year qualifying offer and nearing a deal with relief pitcher Darren O'Day.
In fairness to the Orioles, the first few weeks of the baseball offseason have not exactly been packed with hot-stove activity. The free agent market has remained quiet and trading activity has been predictably light. So, it's kind of hard to gauge just how "proactive" Dan Duquette and the Orioles front office have been thus far.
The Orioles will find out by 5 p.m. today whether three of their free agents ¿ left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, first baseman Chris Davis and catcher Matt Wieters ¿ will accept or decline the qualifying offers made to them last week.
As of 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning, free agents could begin signing with clubs besides the ones they played for in 2015. That means the Orioles' six free agents — Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Davis, Gerardo Parra, Steve Pearce, Darren O'Day and Matt Wieters — can all begin testing their free-agent value elsewhere. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has said the club will have the resources to add players via free agency.
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 Orioles have until Friday night at midnight to make Wieters a qualifying offer, and while they are leaning towards doing so, according to club sources, the Orioles brass is still discussing it in the Warehouse.
Orioles center fielder and team leader Adam Jones has said repeatedly that he will make his opinions known to management and ownership on what he would like to see happen this offseason. On Thursday, while holding court with reporters, he was asked specifically about his feelings toward slugger Chris Davis potentially leaving the team after four-plus seasons as an Oriole. In his typical style, Jones didn't shy away, calling Davis "probably the highest priority" for the Orioles.
Matt Wieters hit his 100th career home run in the eighth inning of Wednesday¿s second game against the Toronto Blue Jays, then admitted that he had been pressing to hit the century mark while he¿s still playing in Baltimore.
The Orioles welcomed back one of their banged-up veterans to the starting lineup Friday, while another was out because of a lingering injury. Center fielder Adam Jones, who left Monday's game in the eighth inning with a sore right shoulder and hadn't played since, was in his customary third spot in the lineup Friday. Catcher Matt Wieters, who had been dealing with a sore left wrist for a week but started Tuesday, was out of the lineup with lingering wrist soreness.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters missed Saturday afternoon¿s game against the Blue Jays with a left wrist injury he sustained while diving toward the first-base bag attempting to tag Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in the sixth inning of Friday night¿s game in Toronto.
After hitting five homers over the past three games -- including two in Friday night's 10-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis became the first player in franchise history to record multiple 40-homer seasons.
When the Orioles recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk last Friday, it seemed like a temporary move until Matt Wieters was healthy enough to catch again. But six days later, Wieters was in the lineup for the second time since returning from a hamstring injury and Clevenger was still with the big league club.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said Tuesday that he needed to make sure he could run, or get "to a fast jog" before rejoining the starting lineup. Wieters tested his strained right hamstring Monday by running the bases and felt no discomfort when he awoke Tuesday. So the speed-challenged Wieters and his self-deprecating humor were back in the lineup to start the New York Mets series. He missed five games with the strain — he hadn't played since leaving in the third inning last Tuesday in
Catcher Matt Wieters (right hamstring) ran the bases Monday and reported no problems. Assuming he is pain-free Tuesday, he could play against the New York Mets, either at catcher or designated hitter. He hasn't played since leaving against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 11 with the strain.
Matt Wieters was able to rest during Thursday's day off and said it feels looser. He will go through treatment Friday and will see how it feels Saturday. He won¿t take batting practice Friday, but said he doesn¿t expect the injury to require a stint on the disabled list.
For the second time in three days, the Orioles jumped ahead by two runs in the first inning. This time, they lost the lead on a three-run home run, came back to tie the score on a Chris Davis homer and forced the game into extra innings before losing anyway. It also happened on Sunday in Anaheim.
The Orioles tied the game with three runs in the eighth on back-to-back homers by Adam Jones and Chris Davis, but ultimately lost to the Mariners 6-5 in 10 innings on Austin Jackson¿s bases-loaded walk-off single in front of an announced 24,863 at Safeco Field.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters may have stolen the spotlight with his walk-off home run in the 11th inning Monday, but for most of the night, it was the Nick Markakis show. The right fielder spent nine seasons with the Orioles before signing with the Atlanta Braves in the offseason, and Monday marked his first time returning to Camden Yards to play his old club.
Matt Wieters was out of the starting lineup for the first time since the All-Star Break in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Rays after complaining of back stiffness following Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.