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Matt Wieters | Catcher | #32

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Georgia Tech
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (5) / BAL
Contract: view contract details
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Matt Wieters is not in the Nationals starting lineup for Saturday's Grapefruit League tilt against the Mets.
It'll be Derek Norris behind the dish on Saturday. Wieters, who is being eased into action after officially signing his deal on Friday, won't be in Sunday's lineup either as Jose Lobaton will handle the catching duties. Feb 25 - 8:23 AM

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Nationals signed C Matt Wieters to a two-year, $21 million contract.

The deal was first reported on Tuesday and has now become official. Wieters' contract includes an opt-out after the first year, and $5 million of the salary is deferred. He'll assume everyday catching duties for the Nationals, which will put Derek Norris on the trade market.
Feb 24 - 9:09 AM

Matt Wieters' new contract with the Nationals is likely to be finalized Friday.

Wieters took his physical on Wednesday and was at Nationals camp Thursday, but the club is holding off on making the agreement official. It seems to be a simple procedural thing, as a 40-man roster spot still has to be cleared. There's been talk of a Derek Norris trade. Wieters will get $21 million guaranteed on the two-year pact with Washington and figures to carry decent fantasy value as the Nats' regular catcher.
Feb 23 - 2:08 PM

Matt Wieters will take his physical with the Nationals on Wednesday.

This will be the last step to finalizing his new two-year, $21 million contract. The Nationals' 40-man roster is full at the moment, so they will need to make a move to clear a spot for Wieters. Derek Norris now projects to slide into a backup role, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Tuesday that he could be a trade candidate.
Feb 21 - 3:59 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals and Matt Wieters have agreed to a deal, pending a physical.

Previous reports indicated that a deal was close, but the two sides have come to terms on a deal. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that it's a two-year, $21 million deal with an opt-out after the first year. As we've become accustomed to with the Nationals, Janes hears that $5 million will be deferred through 2021.
Feb 21 - 11:53 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Matt Wieters' deal with the Nationals is worth $21 million over two years.

As previously reported, the deal includes an opt-out after the first year. Wieters would make $10.5 million in both years of the deal if he chooses to stick around. It's not quite the deal he was originally hoping for this winter, but he wound up in a good spot and is at least putting himself in a position to cash in with a resurgent 2017.
Feb 21 - 11:38 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Nationals are closing in on a deal with free agent catcher Matt Wieters.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that it's a two-year deal. Heyman adds that there's an opt-out involved. After waiting all offseason to find a new home, it turns out Wieters won't have to move very far. It's ultimately not a surprising fit, as the Nationals have a history with Scott Boras clients. The Nationals already acquired Derek Norris earlier this offseason as a replacement for Wilson Ramos, but Wieters still has the potential to deliver more upside with the bat.
Feb 21 - 10:06 AM

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and SiriusXM reports that free agent catcher Matt Wieters has been meeting with both general managers and owners as he attempts to find a home.

Bowden notes that progress is being made, but that nothing is final. The Rays have reportedly made a formal offer in recent days, though it might not reach his asking price. The Nationals also continue to be mentioned as a possibility. Wieters' market has been remarkably quiet coming off a year where he hit .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI over 124 games. He has also taken a step back behind the plate.
Feb 21 - 9:29 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have made a formal offer to free agent catcher Matt Wieters.

But the offer was "likely for one year," per Topkin, and "certainly for millions of dollars less than what Wieters and agent Scott Boras are seeking." Wieters has struggled to find a contract to his liking in this market after batting .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 124 games last season for the Orioles. He'd be a fine gamble for a club that doesn't have great options at catcher. We're closing in on the beginning of Grapefruit and Cactus League play.
Feb 16 - 9:22 AM

Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that the Nationals have "maintained interest" in Matt Wieters.

While the Nationals are kicking the tires on Wieters, Stark hears that they are unlikely to extend a multi-year offer to the veteran backstop. Over the weekend, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman passed along word that the Rays were also intrigued by Wieters, though he termed them "something of a long shot." In 124 games played last season, Wieters hit .243/.302/.409 with 17 homers and 66 RBI.
Feb 15 - 4:28 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays are among the new teams in on Matt Wieters, but they're "still seen as something of a long shot."

There are sure to be a few clubs that check in on Wieters with his market cratering, but the Rays don't look like a great fit with Wilson Ramos (knee) expected to be ready in the first half and under contract for 2018. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has suggested that, in addition to the Rays, the Nationals, Mets and Rockies could be fits for Wieters. However, it's unclear whether any of those teams have made or are close to making an offer.
Feb 12 - 12:07 PM

Matt Wieters' agent Scott Boras revealed Wednesday that his client suffered a laceration on his left forearm in early November.

Wieters was carrying a glass water bottle at his offseason home when it cracked in his arms and inflicted a deep cut. That injury might partly explain why Wieters has struggled to attract legitimate free agent interest, but he is fully recovered by now. "There’s not anything wrong with Matt Wieters," Boras said Wednesday. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal suggests the Nationals, Mets, Rays, and Rockies among several potential fits with spring training rapidly approaching.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 9 - 8:59 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that "several teams" are still involved on free agent catcher Matt Wieters.

The Rays have been mentioned as a possible fit for Wieters, but Topkin writes that he has "no good read yet" on the likelihood of a deal coming to fruition. If it did, the Rays wouldn't have the need to push Wilson Ramos behind the plate too soon after he returns from knee surgery. It's unclear who the other teams in the mix could be, but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe named the Astros as a possibility over the weekend. Of course, that appears unlikely since the club already has Brian McCann and Evan Gattis as options behind the plate.
Feb 2 - 5:02 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe named the Astros and Rays as possible suitors for free agent Matt Wieters.

Wieters has also been linked to the Angels, Nationals and Braves, though the Braves are probably out after signing Kurt Suzuki to a one-year deal last week. The Astros would seem to be an awkward fit since they already have Brian McCann behind the plate. The Rays paid up for Wilson Ramos this offseason but they'll need someone to fill in while he recovers from ACL surgery. It's anyone's guess where Wieters will land at this point.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 28 - 8:41 PM

Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers "have emerged as a potential suitor" for Matt Wieters.

Wieters' asking price both in years and dollars seems to have dropped at this point, which opens up more potential landing spots like Milwaukee. The Brewers acquired Jett Bandy from the Angels earlier this winter, but Wieters would obviously be an upgrade and his power would certainly play well at Miller Park. The Angels, Nationals and Braves are also reportedly keeping an eye on the veteran catcher's market.
Jan 27 - 4:32 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Derek Norris
3Jose Lobaton
4Pedro Severino
5Spencer Kieboom
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
4Emmanuel Burriss
5Grant Green
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Skole
3Brandon Snyder
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
3Brian Goodwin
4Rafael Bautista
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
7Austin Voth
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Blake Treinen
3Sammy Solis
4Oliver Perez
5Koda Glover
6Trevor Gott
7Enny Romero
8Rafael Martin
9Michael Broadway
10Matt Grace
11Jimmy Cordero
12Austin Adams
13Joe Nathan
14Matt Albers