MLBTR and Matt Schwartz had projected Wieland at just the league minimum, with MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes labeling Wieland a possible non-tender candidate even at that price. After all, he’s thrown only 47 2/3 MLB innings while racking up the three-plus years of service time required to qualify for arbitration. (Wieland was on the active roster when it was determined he needed Tommy John surgery.)
Though the soon-to-be 26-year-old is hardly an established major leaguer, the Dodgers obviously didn’t want to risk losing him with a non-tender. Wieland has worked almost exclusively as a starter over his career but could conceivably factor in the major league pen this year. Last season at Triple-A, he tossed 113 2/3 innings of 4.59 ERA ball with 7.3 K/9 against 2.0 BB/9.