Orioles renew Wieters, sign 17 other players under club reserve

Taylor TeagardenZach BrittonZach PhillipsAlfredo SimonPedro StropChris DavisTroy Patton

     SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles renewed the contract of star catcher Matt Wieters on Saturday and announced they have agreed to terms with 17 other players who are under club reserve and were not eligible for salary arbitration. That completes the team's 2012 contract signings.

     Players who are under reserve, do not have three years of major league service time and are not eligible for "Super 2" arbitration have little leverage in contract negotiations with the club. They can be automatically renewed at any figure, as long as it is not more than 20 percent less than the player earned the previous year or below the major league minimum salary.

     The list of players who recently agreed to terms includes: Ryan Adams, Jake Arrieta, Josh Bell, Jason Berken, Zach Britton, Chris Davis, Oliver Drake, Ryan Flaherty, Tommy Hunter, Joe Mahoney, Troy Patton, Zach Phillips, Nolan Reimold, Alfredo Simon, Pedro Strop, Taylor Teagarden and Chris Tillman.

     Wieters, who is one of the club's cornerstone players, is represented by super agent Scott Boras. No terms were released. He earned $452,500 in 2011.

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