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Matt Wieters | Catcher | #32

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Georgia Tech
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (5) / BAL
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The Angels have had internal talks about free agent catcher Matt Wieters, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
That ultimately doesn't tell us much. Their level of interest is unclear and it's unknown whether they've actually talked to Wieters' agent. Either way, it's easy to see him as an upgrade over their current situation, which includes Carlos Perez and Martin Maldonado behind the plate. The market for Wieters has been quiet this winter after he batted .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 124 games last season. Jan 11 - 9:49 AM

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe said the Diamondbacks and Mets can't be counted out for free agent Matt Wieters.

Wieters' primary suitors appear to be the Braves and Nationals. Atlanta makes sense as Wieters played his college ball at nearby Georgia Tech while the Nationals are looking for someone to replace Wilson Ramos behind the plate. The D'backs also have a need at catcher after losing Wellington Castillo to the Orioles in free agency. The Mets don't have as clear a need, though Wieters would certainly be an upgrade on their current backstop Travis d'Arnaud.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 06:45:00 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said that the club has "kept up on everybody on the catching market" and they "probably still have some more work to do in that area."

Hazen indicated that a minor addition who could form a "three-way system" with Chris Herrmann and Jeff Mathis would be the most likely route, but those plans could change if they found "a long-term replacement for the position." Matt Wieters is among the names the D'Backs are keeping tabs on, although if they make a big-name addition Hazen thinks it would probably come via the trade route. They've inquired on Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart but were told the Red Sox are unlikely to trade either player.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 08:28:00 AM

According to Chelsea Janes and Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, nothing has changed in regard to the Nationals' stance on free agent catcher Matt Wieters.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Thursday morning that the Nationals are interested in Wieters, but Janes and Castillo are reporting that the club hasn't heavily pursued him this winter and nothing has happened to their roster or the market to change their position. There's always the chance they could jump in if Wieters is available on a short-term deal and/or a bargain rate, but they appear content to go into 2017 with Derek Norris as their primary catcher at the moment. The Braves and Diamondbacks have been mentioned as possible alternative landing spots for Wieters.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 06:12:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that the Nationals are interested in free agent catcher Matt Wieters.

ESPN's Buster Olney wrote earlier this month of "rampant speculation" around the industry that Wieters will wind up in Washington despite the presence of offseason trade acquisition Derek Norris. Wieters, a switch-hitter, would presumably take over as the Nationals' starting catcher with the right-handed-hitting Norris shifting into more of a backup role. The other teams known to be in pursuit of Wieters are the Diamondbacks and Braves. He's probably looking for a two- or three-year deal after tallying 17 homers and 66 RBI in 124 games last season as the Orioles' primary backstop.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 09:16:00 AM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that Matt Wieters remains on the Braves' "target list."

The Braves were connected to Wieters earlier this offseason, although FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal said last month that Atlanta was "lukewarm" on the veteran catcher. It's possible Wieters' asking price might be different now than it was a month ago, however. He's from South Carolina and attended college at Georgia Tech, so Atlanta would seem to make sense for Wieters from a geography perspective. The club might also consider him a notable upgrade over Tyler Flowers.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 09:23:00 AM

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, there is "rampant speculation" throughout the industry that Matt Wieters will wind up with the Nationals.

Wieters has spent his entire career in Baltimore, so the move to Washington wouldn't be a big change for him geographically. He would take over as the team's primary catcher while Derek Norris would move to a backup role. Also of note, Wieters' agent Scott Boras is close with both Nats owner Ted Lerner and general manager Mike Rizzo, which could help to fuel negotiations.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 04:35:00 PM

Agent Scott Boras said Wednesday that his client Matt Wieters might not sign until January.

Wieters' market has been rather quiet after he put up an underwhelming .711 OPS (87 OPS+) in 2016 while also taking a step back behind the plate. The Orioles didn't make him a qualifying offer this time, so at least he doesn't have draft pick compensation attached. Boras said he has talked to several teams, but he appears content with waiting out the market.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 03:29:00 PM

Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that Matt Wieters suffered a cut on his left forearm during a household accident earlier this offseason.

Wieters required stitches and had to wear a protective shield on his arm, but he's expected to resume baseball activities in January. Ultimately, it shouldn't have any bearing on his status for spring training or his free agent market.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 04:39:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves are "lukewarm" on free agent catcher Matt Wieters.

The Braves have been speculated as a natural landing spot for Wieters, who is from South Carolina and went to Georgia Tech. The connections run further, as the Braves recently hired former Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dominic Chiti. It's still very early in the offseason, but maybe it shouldn't be a huge surprise that the Braves have some hesitation, as Wieters is coming off a disappointing .711 OPS (87 OPS+) and it's believed that he has taken a step backward behind the plate.
Source: FOX Sports
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 08:52:00 AM

The Orioles did not make Matt Wieters a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer.

Wieters surprisingly accepted a $15.8 million qualifying offer last offseason, and the Orioles didn't want to risk him accepting again at a higher rate. Still, it's not the worst news for Wieters, as he's now set to land a multi-year contract this winter and won't have draft pick compensation attached to him.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 05:42:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, "indications are" the Orioles will not extend a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to Matt Wieters.

Matt Wieters was given a qualifying offer last year (worth $15.8 million) and accepted it before going on to bat .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 124 games. He's the top catcher on the market this winter, thanks to Wilson Ramos' late-season knee injury, but $17.2 million is a hefty price on a one-year deal for a guy who has dealt with a range of health issues and never fully blossomed into a star behind the plate. One of Baltimore's best prospects is a catcher: Chance Sisco.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 10:31:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles "are said to be still debating whether to give a qualifying offer to Matt Wieters."

Heyman notes that their decision could depend on potential changes in the new collective bargaining agreement. Wieters surprisingly accepted the $15.8 million qualifying offer last offseason and then batted a pedestrian .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs. The qualifying offer is up to $17.2 million this winter, but the O's might still think it's worth the risk to either bring Wieters back for one more year or receive a draft pick if he bolts via free agency.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 09:54:00 AM

Matt Wieters went 2-for-4 with four RBI -- launching a pair of two-run homers in Sunday's victory over the Yankees.

The first bomb came in the fourth inning off Luis Cessa with Mark Trumbo aboard. The second blast came in the sixth frame with Manny Machado on base. Wieters had a bland season with the bat, but at least he stayed on the field all year -- something he has not been able to do the last couple of seasons due to injury. He finished the regular season at .243/.302/.409 with 17 homers and 66 RBI in 124 games.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 05:58:00 PM

Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball.com hears that Matt Wieters and the Orioles "are believed to be tens of millions of dollars apart" in their valuations for the catcher.

Heyman adds that the two sides "didn’t even talk about an extension when they met last week" because "it would have been a waste of time." Wieters is looking for a Russell Martin/Brian McCann (five years, $82-85 million) type contract, according to Heyman, but the Orioles "aren’t expected to get near that." Heyman also adds that the club is unlikely to extend another qualifying offer (assuming there are still qualifying offers in the new CBA). It sounds like the impending free agent is likely to end up elsewhere unless his demands change.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 08:54:00 AM