The sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million for 2013, avoiding the arbitration process. The deadline to file arbitration figures was Friday at 1 p.m.
"It's a good feeling," Wieters said Friday night at the premiere of 'The BUCKLe Up Birds: An Underdog Story,' a movie about the team's 2012 season. "We were going to focus on the season no matter and sort of let the business people handle the business side, but it is nice to get it behind you and completely have everything in the rear-view mirror and just now continue to move forward."
The previous salary record for a first-year arbitration catcher was the $3.9 million given to
Wieters, who hit .249/.329/.435 with 23 homers and 83 RBIs in 144 games last season, made just $500,000 in base salary in 2012.
Wieters' deal includes incentives that would earn him $100,000 if he wins a
With this being Wieters' first season of arbitration eligibility, he said he didn't know how smoothly the process would go.
"You never know," Wieters said. "This was my first time going through it, so you never know how it's going to play out. Really, any situation you don't know how it's going to play out, so you go kinda with the information you hear and try to make the best decision when it comes to that point."