BY DILLON ATKINSON, @DATKINSONOU
The Baltimore Orioles have tendered a $17.2 million qualifying offer to right fielder Mark Trumbo, but will not extend one to catcher Matt Wieters.
Wieters, 30, slashed .243/.302/.409 with 17 long balls this past year with the Orioles. The switch-hitting catcher will enter free agency without compensation attached to him. This is great news for Wieters, who is the top catcher in this year's free-agent market.
Trumbo slashed .256/.316/.533 with an MLB-best 47 homers in 2016. If he accepts the qualifying offer, he will be back in Baltimore for 2017, making $17.2 million, a raise from his $9.2 million 2016 salary. If he rejects the extended offer — which is expected — the Orioles will receive a 2017 compensation draft pick if he signs a contract elsewhere.