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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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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. Dec 7 - 3:29 PM

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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.
Nov 21 - 4:39 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
Nov 9 - 8:52 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.
Nov 7 - 5:42 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.
Nov 7 - 10:31 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.
Oct 30 - 9:54 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.
Oct 2 - 5:58 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.
Sep 30 - 8:54 AM

Matt Wieters singled twice and drew a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

The Orioles managed just one run against Aaron Sanchez and the Blue Jays' bullpen, with J.J. Hardy notching the team's lone extra-base hit (a double). Wieters had been in a funk but has now reached base eight times over his last three games.
Sep 27 - 10:17 PM

Matt Wieters is absent from the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. Caleb Joseph will do the catching.
Sep 25 - 11:36 AM

Matt Wieters' agent Scott Boras will be in Baltimore on Monday to begin discussing a contract extension with the Orioles.

Boras believes that there is mutual interest in getting a deal done, with Wieters' preference to remain in Baltimore. Wieters could have hit free agency after the 2015 season, but the club offered him the one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer. After a rebound season offensively, he'll land quite the lucrative multi-year deal this winter.
Sep 16 - 7:47 PM

Matt Wieters went 2-for-4 with a two-run single and two runs scored against the Rays on Thursday.

Wieters came through with the bases loaded in the first inning, plating two runs with a single off Rays starter Blake Snell. The All-Star also had a double in the game. Wieters has proven relatively durable this year, playing in 110 games for the first time since 2013, but his offense has been largely pedestrian. The 30-year-old is hitting .243/.299/.402 with 14 homers and 60 RBI overall.
Sep 15 - 11:37 PM

Matt Wieters blasted a pair of home runs and drove home five on Saturday as the Orioles routed the Tigers 11-3.

Wieters clubbed a two-run homer off of Jordan Zimmermann in the second inning, giving the O's an early 6-0 advantage that they wouldn't relinquish. He added a three-run shot in the sixth for good measure, capping off his club's scoring. With his 2-for-4 effort on Saturday, the switch-hitting backstop is now slashing .244/.301/.405 with 14 homers and 58 RBI.
Sep 11 - 1:06 AM

Matt Wieters is out of the Orioles' starting lineup on Wednesday.

It's a routine day off for the impending free agent catcher, who's batted just .244/.300/.392 with 12 home runs and 53 RBI in 104 games this season. Caleb Joseph will start behind the plate for the O's and hit ninth versus Rays left-hander Drew Smyly.
Sep 7 - 11:38 AM

Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday.

Just a routine day of rest for the O's backstop. Caleb Joseph will start in his place and bat eighth against C.C. Sabathia and the Yankees on Saturday. Look for Wieters to be back in there for Sunday's series finale.
Sep 3 - 3:08 PM