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Orioles offer Wieters extension, but no deal seems close

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Orioles recently reached out to star catcher Matt Wieters with a multiyear contract extension offer, but there's no evidence or belief the sides are anywhere close to a deal.

It is believed the offer is for at least five years, but the exact terms aren't known. Wieters has seen the bar for top catchers raised in recent years, most recently with Giants 2012 MVP Buster Posey getting a $167 million, nine-year deal when he was four years from free agency. Wieters can't come close to matching Posey's offensive accomplishements, but he's a two-time Gold Glove winner who is a middle-of-the-order hitter for Baltimore, and he's a free agent after 2015.

Asked how recent talks are going, Orioles GM Dan Duquette said, coyly, "We'll enjoy him as long as he's here.'' Duquette declined further comment.

Other Orioles people expressed doubt anything could happen anytime soon.

Wieters, who is to make $5.5 million this year on a settlement before arbitration, had 23 home runs, 83 RBI and a .249 batting average last year. He started the season with a two-run home run, double and 13-pitch walk.

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