Orioles Notes: Wieters, Saunders, Johnson, Hardy

This morning, legendary Orioles manager Earl Weaver passed away at the age of 82.  O's managing partner Peter Angelos released a statement reading, "Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball. This is a sad day for everyone who knew him and for all Orioles fans. Earl made his passion for the Orioles known both on and off the field. On behalf of the Orioles, I extend my condolences to his wife, Marianna, and to his family."  Here's more out of Baltimore as we fondly remember the Hall of Famer..

  • Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette believes that the club will discuss a long-term deal with catcher Matt Wieters at some point, writes Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com.  The club avoided arbitration with Wieters yesterday by agreeing to a one-year, $5.5MM deal.
  • Duquette expects Joe Saunders to make a decision this week but doesn't have a read on which way he might be leaning, tweets Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com.  The O's would like to have the pitcher back but other teams are interested, including the Twins.
  • Closer Jim Johnson is heading to arbitration with the Orioles but he says that he isn't concerned as he has faith in the club and his representatives at Moye Sports Associates, Melewski tweets.  Johnson filed for $7.1MM while the O's countered with $5.7MM.
  • As we've heard before, shortstop J.J. Hardy isn't going anywhere, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com tweets.  Hardy definitely has trade interest though and the Tigers are said to be fans of his.

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