Wieters is represented by Scott Boras, a notoriously tough negotiator, and the two sides have had extension talks before that have gotten nowhere. O's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Saturday that the team is focused just on a one-year deal with Wieters, meaning extension talks are not going on right now, and he reiterated that the team hopes to reach an agreement before an independent arbitrator makes the call. Wieters filed at $8.75 million, while the O's countered with $6.5 million.
Wieters is the club's only remaining arbitration-eligible player, and he will be a free agent after the 2015 season.
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