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Wieters accepts QO, Davis and Chen reject

Matt Wieters will be back with the Orioles in 2016 after accepting the team's $15.8 million qualifying offer.

Matt Wieters will be back with the Orioles in 2016 after accepting the team’s $15.8 million qualifying offer.

No surprise at all — Matt Wieters accepted the Orioles $15.8 million qualifying offer while Chris Davis and Wei-Yin Chen rejected it. For Davis and Chen, not even $15.8 million is anywhere close to what they are going to get this offseason. For Wieters, that was more than he could have imagined getting per year and even a long-term contract would not have netted him enough to pass up that much money for one year.

The switch-hitting Wieters have played only 91 games over the past two years because of injury, but has actually turned into a consistent contract hitter. Before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surger in 2014, Wieters batted .308/.339/.500 with five home runs in 26 games. Last year he hit .267/.319/.422 with eight home runs in 75 games.

With the emergence of Caleb Joseph the past two years the Orioles had plenty of reason to believe they could survive without Wieters, but he will be back for at least the 2016 season. Should the Orioles lose Davis in free agency, Wieters is an option to take over at first base. His height and injury history make it very unlikely Wieters will remain at catcher very long.

Davis is going to get a huge deal in the offseason, speculation is even at high at $200 million. Regardless, the Orioles are very unlikely to keep Davis on a massive contract, despite him being one of the most productive power hitters in the league. Davis led the league with 47 home runs last year. He also led the league in home runs in 2013 with 53. He was struggled in 2014, batting only .196 and was suspended for unapproved use of adderal, but still his 26 home runs in 127 games.

Chen was the Orioles most reliable pitcher in 2015. The left-handed hurler is being targeted by almost every team, with the Yankees, Blue Jays and Tigers showing the most interest. Chen pitched 191.1 innings in 2015, struck out 153 batters and led the team with a 3.34 ERA.

The return of Wieters likely means Steve Clevenger is not a part of the future plans. It also likely means the Orioles will end talks with Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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