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Orioles avoid arbitration with Wieters, 3 others

Orioles avoid arbitration with Wieters, 3 others

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles agreed to one-year contracts Friday with catcher Matt Wieters, slugger Chris Davis and left-handed pitchers Brian Matusz and Troy Patton.

The moves enabled the sides to avoid arbitration.

Wieters, who received $500,000 in 2012, earned a raise to $5.5 million. He made the AL All-Star team last season and finished with a .249 batting average while setting career highs with 23 homers, 83 RBIs and 144 games played.

Davis led the Orioles with 33 home runs and 85 RBIs while playing the outfield, first base and designated hitter. His salary jumped from $488,000 to $3.3 million.

Matusz contributed in the bullpen during the 2012 playoffs. In 18 relief appearances during the regular season, the 25-year-old was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA. He will receive $1.6 million in 2013 after making $1.45 million a year ago.

Patton was 1-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 54 games with Baltimore. His salary will jump to $815,000 from $483,500.

The Orioles also exchanged arbitration figures with All-Star closer Jim Johnson and right-handers Jason Hammel and Darren O'Day.

Johnson requested $7.1 million while Baltimore countered at $5.7 million. Hammel asked for $8.25 million and was offered $5.7 million. O'Day proposed $3.2 million and was offered $1.8 million.

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with six days left

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with six days left

Monday was not a good day if you were sitting just outside of the 2017 MLB Wild Card race. Every team that needed a win came up short.

Combined teams were 0-5 on Sept. 25 that were still alive, but chasing a postseason spot.

No positioning changed and no one locked up a playoff spot other than the St. Louis Cardinals being eliminated from the NL Central race.

Still, three postseason slots remain open, the NL Central title and a Wild Card spot on each side. Positioning in the AL East tightened and the race in the NL Central widened.

RELATED: FULL MLB POSTSEASON UPDATE

AMERICAN LEAGUE

It was a great opportunity for teams to catch up to the Minnesota Twins (82-74) on Monday for the second Wild Card spot. Minnesota was off, preparing for a massive series against Cleveland that could determine the American League Wild Card.

No team in the race took advantage though, every trailing team lost.

If any team benefited from the idle day from the Twins, it was the New York Yankees (87-69) padding their lead for the top Wild Card. The Yankees clobbered the Kansas City Royals (76-80) who are still mathematically alive. In that contest, Aaron Judge became the first MLB rookie to smash 50 homeruns in a season.

Most disappointing was the Los Angeles Angels (77-79) who fell to the lowly White Sox on the road. It does not sink their ship yet, but they definitely need some help from the Twins if they want to have any postseason shot.

The Texas Rangers (76-80), facing the Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals (76-80) playing the Tigers, and Tampa Bay Rays (76-80) traveling to the Yankees, all face must win scenarios to make the MLB postseason.

Magic number for the Yankees to clinch the top Wild Card spot is down to one. The Twins can clinch a Wild Card spot with a win and a Los Angeles loss on Tuesday. 

AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 26):

New York Yankees:     +5.0           
Minnesota Twins:           ---                        
Los Angeles Angels:     -5.0                     
Texas Rangers:             -6.0                      
Kansas City Royals:      -6.0                     
Tampa Bay Rays:          -6.0                      

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Arizona, Colorado, and St. Louis all lost on Monday. With the Brewers being idle, they were the only team in the National League Wild Card race that did not lose.

It does not matter how the Arizona Diamondbacks (90-67) finish the year. They are going to be the No. 4 seed in the National League Postseason and host the Wild Card game on Oct. 4.

Losing though to the Miami Marlins, the Colorado Rockies (84-73) could not afford to lose. Fortunately for them, the St. Louis Cardinals (81-75) fell to the Cubs and knocked the Cards out of their divisional race.

The Milwaukee Brewers (82-74) now play Cincinnati after gaining half of a game on the Rockies. St. Louis continues their tough series against the Cubs with three more games on the horizon.

NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 26):

#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0                       
Colorado Rockies:                    ---               
Milwaukee Brewers:              -1.5              
St. Louis Cardinals:                -2.5              

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MLB Postseason 2017: Updated Wild Card Standings, 7 days remaining

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MLB Postseason 2017: Updated Wild Card Standings, 7 days remaining

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST UPDATE ON THE AMERICAN LEAGUE AND NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD CARD RACES

The 2017 MLB Wild Card race is still undecided after over a 150 games throughout the regular season.

While the Yankees, Twins, and Diamondbacks did what they had to do this past weekend, the Rockies did not. Just like that the National League’s second Wild Card spot is wide open.

Only three postseason slots remain open, the NL Central title and a Wild Card spot on each side. Positioning and even the AL East are still up in the air but seven of the ten teams know they will be playing in October.

Things flipped this weekend. The American League Wild Card race calmed down and is essentially over, but the National League race is just primed for a crazy final week.

RELATED: FULL MLB POSTSEASON UPDATE

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Heading into this past weekend’s match-ups the American League Wild Card was wide open. Ten teams were alive and many were in a position to make a run.

Well the Minnesota Twins (82-74) took care of business with a four game sweep of the Tigers. The bats opened up after an up-and-down month with 39 runs spread across their series. Virtually the Twins have wrapped up the second Wild Card. Their lead over the first team out is 4.5 games over the Los Angeles Angels (77-78).  If not wrapped up, Minnesota has padded their lead heading to a three game series in Cleveland.

With their success, three teams were eliminated in the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, and Oakland Athletics. Now only six teams are in the race.

The New York Yankees (86-69), despite winning only one game against Toronto, clinched their postseason berth. They have fallen back to five games behind the Red Sox in the AL East race, but maintain a 4.5 game edge over the Twins for the first Wild Card.

Salvaging one win against the Astros, the Angels are not done yet. Seven games are left for them with four of them being against the White Sox. The Kansas City Royals (76-79) end their schedule in an awkward fashion. First they play the Yankees on Monday before a three-game series hosting Detroit and then an interleague head-to-head with Arizona. There is a tall task ahead for the Texas Rangers (76-79), facing the Houston Astros when there is no room for error.

AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 25):

New York Yankees:     +4.5
Minnesota Twins:           ---
Los Angeles Angels:     -4.5
Texas Rangers:             -5.5
Kansas City Royals:      -5.5
Tampa Bay Rays:          -6.0
Seattle Mariners:           -7.0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Somehow the National League Wild Card race did not tighten up this weekend. It has however set up the race for an incredible finish to the 2017 season.

What we do know now though, essentially the only way for the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals to get into the postseason is through the Wild Card.

A sizable lead has put the Arizona Diamondbacks (90-66) as the only team in the majors that knows their postseason fate. Arizona locked up the top Wild Card spot and will host the National League Wild Card game on Oct. 4.

Their opponent still remains a mystery.

The Colorado Rockies (84-72) were in a good spot but only claimed two of four from the Padres. Now the Rockies host Miami, a long-ball hitting team in a hitters ball park, and have to face the Los Angeles Dodgers to end the season.

Waiting for the end of season slip, the Milwaukee Brewers (82-74) play Cincinnati and the St. Louis Cardinals (81-74). Now almost out of the Central race, the Cardinals first play the Cubs before their season finale against Milwaukee.

NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 25):

Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:             ---
Milwaukee Brewers:         -2.0
St. Louis Cardinals:          -2.5

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