Predictably, Orioles shortchange Wieters

March 12, 2012 | Drew Forrester

But this is always the way it goes.  The Orioles just rely on the old, “this is the way teams do business” whenever it comes to issues involving money.

The Orioles have to start figuring out a better way to do things.  Just because the Marlins and White Sox do things one way, it doesn’t mean the Orioles have to do it that way.

In fact, in case you’ve been in a cave since 1998, the way the Orioles have been doing it hasn’t been all that productive.

Why not give Wieters a million bucks and show him some real love?  In other words, give him the chocolates, the flowers and the movie gift card and keep him ultra-happy.

Sure, giving him a hefty raise and a real contract for 2012 could potentially be a lingering issue when arbitration rolls around next winter, but this isn’t a scrub we’re talking about…it’s Matt Wieters, a perennial All-Star performer and a guy you’d like to have around for a long time.

Why worry about ways to penny-pinch a player on your team that you would LOVE to have around for the next decade?

And why, why, why are the Orioles ALWAYS worried about next year?  Or two years down the road?

Why not treat your best players with the sort of appreciation that might endear them to the organization?  Why not show them love now, more love than perhaps they deserve, in hopes they won’t automatically dismiss you in x-amount of years when they hit free agency?

I completely understand what’s going to happen with Wieters.  We all know.  If he toils in last place for the next three years, no amount of money that the Orioles will wind up not offering him will keep him here.  It’s the ultimate catch-22.  Wieters won’t want to stay and the Orioles won’t have have the nerve to pay him what he’s worth, anyway.  So off he goes.

But it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.

The Orioles could go out of their way to treat Wieters right for the next three years and then, if nothing else, they can look him (and Boras) in the eye when he hits free agency and say, “You know, we were awfully, awfully nice to you in your first six years in the big leagues.  We took great care of you.  We treated you well.  We gave you pay raises when we didn’t need to.”

Instead, they’re going to go about their business as they always do — by going to the chapter in the book that covers, “How to do the very least you can for your employees and still look like you’re taking care of them”.

It’s a shame they don’t run their organization better.

But it’s what we’ve come to expect.

They just don’t get it.

It always comes down to money with the Orioles.

They bring a lot of it in.  They do their best to not let much of it leave the Warehouse.

Unless it’s giving a journeyman pitcher a free $700,000.

But when it comes to over-rewarding a legitimate baseball player, one they drafted and should be trying their hardest to keep, the Orioles have no idea how to do it right.

No idea at all.