#4- Matt Wieters
The switch hitting catcher accepted the Orioles qualifying offer this winter and will return to the team for the 2016 season. He is coming off Tommy John surgery. Being that he is a catcher, the surgery is especially bothersome. Just making 150 plus throws back to the pitcher in a given game is tough, but can you imagine having to hit with a surgically repaired elbow as well?
Luckily for Wieters, he made it through the season and played 75 games for the Orioles. He struggled a bit with the bat, but that is understandable given he was recovering from an injury. He should be more productive this coming season for the Orioles and could be in store for a huge year if he is able to fully recover.
The Orioles need some production out of Wieters with the amount they are paying him this season. Chris Davis got a huge paycheck, but the salary paid to Wieters for the 2016 season likely made any other huge acquisition nearly impossible. $15.8 million is a ton of money to pay to a catcher for one season.
Wieters hit 22, 23 and 22 home runs in three consecutive years from 2011-2013. He also played in 139 or more games during that three-year span. The 30-year-old Wieters is still young enough to make a decent comeback, but catchers do fall hard once their body starts to break down. The Orioles will hope he can find his stroke and be healthy enough to play in 125 games this season. We shall see.