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Matt Wieters Signs With The Nationals

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Matt Wieters Signs With The Nationals

4 time all-star catcher Matt Wieters has agreed to a 2 year, $21 million deal with the Washington Nationals. The deal gives Wieters $10.5 million in 2017 and $10.5 million in 2018 with a opt out clause.

The 30 year-old catcher is filling the void left by Wilson Ramos. Ramos signed with the Rays during free agency, but adding Wieters to the lineup should add to the Nationals offensive power. Last season Wieters posted a batting line of .243 AVG/.302 OBP/.409 SLG with 17 home runs and 66 RBIs. Although those numbers are not on par with Ramos’ 2016 stats, Wieters is still a solid option for a starting catcher and will continue to develop his hitting as the season goes on.

There is concern, however, when it comes to Wieters’ durability. Wieters missed significant time in 2014 and 2015 after he received Tommy John surgery. He played in his 4th all-star game last season, which adds to his accolades.

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Wieters defensive work has been average of late, but he has 2 golden glove awards and throws out 35% of base runners attempting to steal.

The trade is certainly interesting due to the Nationals having 4 catchers on their major league roster. Adding Wieters will most likely create a platoon swap with Derek Norris, who was traded from the San Diego Padres back in December. Also on the roster at catcher are José Lobatón and Nationals’ number 11 prospect Pedro Severino.

 

Back in 2015, the former Baltimore Oriole became the second player to sign a qualifying offer, that being a one-year, $15.8 million deal with Baltimore.

Wieters will likely be put in the 7 or 8th spot in the lineup. This should provide Washington with ample offense as the Nationals look to return to the post season in 2017.