SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said Sunday that it's the organization's right under Major League Baseball's labor agreement to renew his contract, and the 25-year-old claims he won't hold a grudge against Baltimore in future negotiations.
Represented by Scott Boras, Wieters declined to comment on what he will earn this season. He also wouldn't say if the team renewed him at a lower salary than the $425,500 he made in 2011, but according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Wieters will make $500,000 this season.
"They have the right to offer any contract they want," said Wieters, who learned about the renewal several days ago. "That's their right. I'm just ready to play baseball."
Along with renewing Wieters' contract on Saturday, the Orioles agreed to terms with Ryan Adams, Jake Arrieta, Josh Bell, Jason Berken, Zach Britton, Chris Davis, Oliver Drake, Ryan Flaherty, Tommy Hunter, Joe Mahoney, Troy Patton, Zach Phillips, Nolan Reimold, Alfredo Simon, Pedro Strop, Taylor Teagarden and Chris Tillman.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams can renew a player who does not have three years of Major League service time or "Super 2" arbitration status, as long as they don't cut his salary more than 20 percent from the previous year and still keep it at or above the Major League minimum. While Wieters will reportedly make more this season, the fact that the two sides couldn't agree on a figure could prove to be contentious down the road.
"There are no grudges," said Wieters, who is arbitration-eligible after this season and can be a free agent the 2015 campaign. "I would like to have the system work a little differently, but it's how the system works."
Bundy among first wave of roster cuts by O's
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Dylan Bundy, the Orioles' top pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft and the organization's No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com, was among eight players cut from the club's big league camp on Sunday.
Bundy, who pitched a scoreless inning of relief Tuesday against the Red Sox, was optioned to Class-A Delmarva. The 19-year-old also threw two innings in Sunday's "B" game against Boston and threw an inning in Baltimore's intrasquad game earlier this spring, drawing raves along the way.
Ryan Adams and Josh Bell were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, while Xavier Avery, LJ Hoes, Michael Ohlman, Brian Ward and Steve Johnson were reassigned to Minor League camp.
Manny Machado, who is the Orioles' top position player prospect, was also sent to Minor League camp, although he was unofficially with the big league club and technically isn't a roster cut.
Machado appeared in seven games, going 1-for-6 at the plate and will likely still be used as a late-game replacement. The shortstop, who was the Orioles' first-round pick in 2010, appeared in six Grapefruit League contests.
Avery and Hoes, who both ended their 2011 season at Double-A, also officially concluded their first big league camp. Avery hit .312 with two stolen bases in seven games, while Hoes was hitless in seven at-bats over six games. Ward, a catcher, went 0-for-2 in two games.
Hunter, Britton join other hurlers in 'B' game
SARASOTA, Fla. -- A slew of Orioles pitchers got their work in Sunday's "B" game against the Red Sox, which took place on the back fields of Ed Smith Stadium at 10 a.m. ET.
Tommy Hunter threw three extending innings -- staying on the field to record extra outs and get his pitch count up -- to total 42 pitches, with Kevin Gregg following with an inning. Jim Johnson, Zach Britton, Willie Eyre and Dylan Bundy also threw in the game.
Hunter, who has been slowed this spring with lower back discomfort, will pitch next in a Minor League game. Britton will also likely appear in a Minor League contest, while Johnson could see Grapefruit League action as early as Wednesday.
"It felt good. [I'm] definitely excited to be back on the mound," said Britton, who threw in his first actual game scenario. "I was overthrowing a little bit, but I worked on the things I wanted to work on, throwing some offspeed pitches for strikes. The ball was running on me everywhere, which means I was a little amped up to get on a mound, but I think next time I'll be a lot sharper and put guys away."
Britton, who reported to camp early with left shoulder inflammation, said he hasn't received treatment on his shoulder in a week or two and he's at the point where he's not rehabbing and just getting ready for the season.
Mark Reynolds returned to the Orioles' lineup Sunday after dealing with some lower back discomfort. Reynolds said Saturday was the first day he came to practice in no pain and didn't seem concerned, calling it a general "middle of spring" ache.
Nolan Reimold, who was hit in the jaw by an Alex Cobb fastball Friday, worked out on the back fields with the team Sunday, and the swelling on his left cheek is down considerably. He will see a dentist on Monday and could get into game action as early as Tuesday.
Darren O'Day was scratched from Sunday's game vs. the Red Sox with groin soreness. O'Day said he felt something tighten up while stretching, and the team is playing it safe for now.
Tsuyoshi Wada threw a 45-pitch bullpen session on Sunday with no problems, and he will throw batting practice later in the week.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.