Our first top 10 potential free agents is off the board, and this one is a bit of a shocker.  John Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Matt Wieters has accepted the Baltimore Orioles qualifying offer.

It seems that the lure of the Buck Showalter Orioles convinced him to stay in Baltimore. Most thought he could capture a significant multi-year deal from a number of teams. He is, however, coming off a down season. Should he have the bounce back year many are predicting, he would be in line for a much bigger contract in 2017.

There are no guarantees in terms of injuries, however, especially at the catcher position. This is a bit of a risk for Wieters. That being said, the $15.8 million qualifying offer does make him the second highest paid player on the Orioles roster in 2016. Adam Jones is number one and will make $16 million.

We had him going to the Angels due to there need at catcher, and the ability to get him at a bit of a discount this offseason given his 2015 numbers. In 2015 he played only 75 games and hit .267. He also only has a career .256 average, but offense at that position is difficult to find. He is also one fo the batter defensive catchers in the league, and averages over 20 home runs a season when he is healthy.

This offseason is proving to be exciting, but Wieters stays right where he feels most comfortable.

 

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