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Orioles clear arbitration slate with Wieters deal

Baltimore reaches one-year agreement with last remaining eligible player

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The Orioles and catcher Matt Wieters have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for 2014, the club announced Thursday.

CBSSports.com first reported that Wieters and the Orioles settled on a $7.7 million salary. Wieters, who had been Baltimore's last remaining arbitration-eligible player, filed for an $8.75 million salary, while the O's countered at $6.5 million.

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The Orioles had hoped to avoid a potentially contentious arbitration hearing with the 27-year-old catcher, who made $5.5 million in 2013 and will be a free agent after the 2015 season. O's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette told reporters Saturday that the club was only focused on a one-year deal with Wieters, which means the two sides were not discussing a long-term extension.

Wieters posted a .235/.287/.417 batting line with 22 homers and 79 RBIs last season, and he has put together a combined .255/.319/.420 line over parts of five seasons in the Majors.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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