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WATCH: Former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters hits 1st homer with Nationals

WATCH: Former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters hits 1st homer with Nationals

Former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters hit his first home run as a member of the Nationals on Tuesday night.

Wieters’ homer, a solo shot to right field, came in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals of the Nationals’ 8-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Nationals took a 4-2 lead on Wieters' home run. He finished the game 2 for 3.

Earlier in the fourth, Jayson Werth homered to left center. In the fifth inning, Daniel Murphy hit a two-run shot to right field.

Tuesday night’s game was the second of a three-game home series against the Cardinals. The Nationals won 14-6 Monday night. The teams will play again Wednesday.

Wieters, 30, spent the first eight seasons of his MLB career with the Orioles before signing a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the Nationals in February.

During his time with the Orioles, Wieters was a four-time All-Star and a two-time Gold Glove Award winner. He also hit 117 home runs, including 17 last season.

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Orioles officially sign catcher Welington Castillo, move on from Matt Wieters

Orioles officially sign catcher Welington Castillo, move on from Matt Wieters

BALTIMORE – Free agent catcher Welington Castillo has finalized a $6 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

Castillo's agreement, announced Friday, includes a $7 million player option for 2018.

He hit .264 with 14 homers and 68 RBIs in 111 games with Arizona last season, when he made $3.7 million. The 29-year-old, who became a free agent when the Diamondbacks failed to offer a 2017 contract, is expected to take over from four-time All Star Matt Wieters, who became a free agent.

Wieters accepted a $15.8 million qualifying offer last offseason and hit .243 with 17 homers and 66 RBIs in 124 games. He was not given a $17.2 million qualifying offer last month.

Castillo represents a lower-priced option. The 29-year-old broke into the big leagues in 2010 with the Chicago Cubs and has also played with Seattle.

He has a .255 career batting average with 60 home runs and 230 RBIs over 509 games.

Wieters, the fifth overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft, has spent his entire career with Baltimore.

The switch-hitter is known for his ability to work with a pitching staff but has also been productive at the plate: He has a .256 batting average with 117 homers and 437 RBIs over eight seasons.

On Friday, manager Buck Showalter and GM Dan Duquette indicated Wieters' tenure with the Orioles is over. 

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Could the Orioles find in-house replacements for Trumbo and Wieters?

Could the Orioles find in-house replacements for Trumbo and Wieters?

At least eight Orioles are likely to make more than $10 million next season, and if the team somehow re-signs both Mark Trumbo and Matt Wieters, which now seems unlikely, they’ll have 10.

Chris Davis ($23 mil), Adam Jones ($16.33 mil.), J.J. Hardy ($14 mil.) Ubaldo Jimenez ($13.5 mil) and Yovani Gallardo ($11 mil.) are guaranteed to be 10 figure guys. Zach Britton, Manny Machado and Chris Tillman all figure to cross the $10 million threshold since they’re arbitration eligible. 

Combine Wade Miley’s $8.92 million, Darren O’Day’s $7 million, and the Orioles would be obligated for perhaps $125-$130 million. 

Some of Davis’ and O’Day’s money is deferred, but it’s hard to see how the Orioles could re-sign both Wieters and Trumbo without significantly surpassing their approximately $150 million payroll in 2016. 

The biggest question this offseason will be, how will the Orioles replace both Wieters and Trumbo.

Wieters and the Orioles put the replacement question off for a year when they offered, and he accepted their qualifying offer. 

That won’t happen again this year, not with catcher-hungry teams already lining up to sign the most accomplished in a poor catching market. 

Trumbo’s power is likely to generate some major offers, too. 

The Orioles could go in-house with replacements. 

Trey Mancini is the most obvious alternative, and manager Buck Showalter will have to be convinced that he’s ready to be a major contributor at designated hitter next spring. 

Last spring, Mancini stayed at first base while Christian Walker was tried in the outfield. Walker’s numbers didn’t earn him a callup, but he’ll get another look in the spring if he’s not packaged during the winter. 

Mancini’s arm wasn’t judged to be strong enough to play in right field, and he’s not going to dislodge Chris Davis from first base. 

But, Mancini’s bat has members of the Orioles organization excited. He was added after Steve Pearce was lost for the season, and hit three home runs in five games. 

Mancini’s minor league resume is an impressive one. He has a .306 average. In 2015, Mancini led the Eastern League with a .359 average, hitting 13 home runs and driving in 57 runs in 84 games for Double-A Bowie. 

This year, he began the season with the Baysox, and hit .302 in 14 games before a promotion to Norfolk, where he hit .280 with 13 homers and 54 RBIs. 

Mancini did strike out 140 times in 142 games, but showed decent plate discipline with a .349 on-base average. 

If Mancini could replace Trumbo, could the Orioles also have a catcher to replace Wieters? 

Chance Sisco’s supporters in the organization point to his bat as evidence. 

He has a .323 average in four seasons of minor league ball and an outstanding .402 on-base average. 

In 2014, Sisco hit .340 at Delmarva, .308 at Frederick in 2015 before he was sent to Bowie, and .320 with the Baysox this season. 

Sisco’s defense is the big question. While his bat has played everywhere, it would seem difficult for a catcher to make the transition to the big leagues without any real Triple-A experience. (Sisco did play four games for the Tides at the end of the season.) 

Triple-A is full of pitchers who have major league experience, and it might help Sisco to have some time at Triple-A in 2017 to work with some of those pitchers. while the Orioles use perhaps a placeholder to pair with Caleb Joseph. 

At last Thursday’s season-ending news conference, Dan Duquette spoke about the depth of catching in the Orioles organization, citing not only Sisco, but Francisco Pena, who backed up Wieters after Joseph suffered a testicular injury as well as minor league catchers Audry Perez, Alex Murphy and Yermin Mercedes. 

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