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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 went hitless Friday and is off to a 2-for-20 start with the Nationals.
Wieters is in a new league and learning a new pitching staff, making hitting the lower priority at the moment. The bat may come along later, but it'd be no surprise if a slow start is in store. Mar 24 - 5:31 PM

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Matt Wieters made his spring debut Sunday, going 0-for-2 against the Astros.

Wieters didn't sign until Feb. 24, so he was allowed to ease into game action for the Nationals. There's still three weeks to go before Opening Day, so he'll have plenty of time to get at-bats.
Mar 12 - 5:15 PM

Matt Wieters is set to make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday.

And he will start at catcher in that game. Wieters signed a two-year, $21 million free agent contract with Washington in late February and has been easing into things at Nationals camp. He should be fully prepared for the opening of the 2017 regular season.
Mar 9 - 10:16 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker is hoping that Matt Wieters will be able to make his Grapefruit League debut before next Tuesday's off-day.

Wieters officially signed with the Nationals about a week and a half ago, but the Nationals are easing him into game action. Not only has he been learning the new pitching staff, but he's also trying to get into baseball shape. It shouldn't be much longer.
Mar 8 - 11:00 AM

Matt Wieters has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut for the Nationals.

Wieters officially signed with the Nats over a week ago, but the club is having him focus on catching bullpen sessions in order to better orient himself with his new pitching staff. "He’s going to try to learn their movement and their late slider, or whatever it is, to try to put him on an accelerated learning curve with the pitchers," manager Dusty Baker said.
Mar 5 - 1:40 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
3Clint Robinson
4Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koda Glover
2Shawn Kelley
3Blake Treinen
4Sammy Solis
5Oliver Perez
6Joe Blanton
7Trevor Gott
8Enny Romero
9Jeremy Guthrie
10Dustin Antolin
11Neal Cotts
12Jacob Turner