Josh Vitters

Shoestring catch

Matt Wieters was prepared to sign a contract Wednesday night that would make him part of the Orioles' future, the franchise catcher that has eluded them. He also was prepared to return to Georgia Tech for his senior year and re-enter the draft in 2008.

Unsure which direction he would go until shortly before the midnight deadline, Wieters remained confident in the process and the people working toward a deal, including representative Scott Boras. He knew that he controlled his fate. But he wasn't as certain about his nerves.

"You get sweaty palms and you get nervous, but at the same time I knew I had Scott negotiating for me," he said last night during a conference...