O's make QO to Trumbo, pass on Wieters

$17.2M offer tied to Draft pick if slugger signs elsewhere

O's make QO to Trumbo, pass on Wieters

The Orioles made different decisions regarding their top two outgoing free agents.

Baltimore extended a qualifying offer to slugger Mark Trumbo on Monday, while declining to extend one to longtime catcher Matt Wieters.

Teams had until 5 p.m. ET on Monday to extend the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to free agents. Players have until next Monday to accept or decline the offer.

Trumbo, 30, will be a free agent for the first time, coming off his best Major League season. An All-Star for the second time, Trumbo led the Majors with 47 home runs while driving in 108 runs and hitting .256/.316/.533. Trumbo set career highs in every major offensive category and is expected to seek a multiyear contract on the heels of that success.

As a result of extending a qualifying offer, Baltimore will receive a compensation Draft pick if Trumbo signs with another club.

Baltimore won't receive a pick if Wieters does, though, after deciding not to offer him a qualifying offer for the second straight year. Wieters, who turns 31 in May, accepted Baltimore's one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer last season after missing the first part of the year while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

Wieters is considered the top catcher on the free-agent market, especially with longtime Nationals backstop Wilson Ramos out until next summer after undergoing knee surgery.

Wieters hit .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 17 doubles in 124 games in 2016. The four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner is a career .256/.318/.421 hitter with 117 homers in eight seasons, all with the Orioles.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.