Matt Wieters Newsbeat
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Dollarwise, the Rays were willing to guarantee Wieters around $6 million with a chance, if all incentives were met, to squeak past $10 million. Obviously, with an opening day payroll projected in the low $60 million range, they could have gone further, though they tend to stick to their evaluations — and rarely ever win an auction.
But the Rays had good reason to offer no more than one year — as well as a team policy against player options/opt-outs (or no-trade clauses) — which is why they could only shrug, mildly disappointed at most, that Wieters went to Washington.
And that’s because they have the All-Star catcher who Wieters, ironically, will be trying to replace in Washington, Wilson Ramos.
It was during the early December winter meetings that the Rays made the bold, and potentially brilliant, move of striking a two-year deal with Ramos.
Posted: February 22, 2017 at 09:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
all winter, the team didn’t seem to show much interest. At the beginning of December, Washington traded for Derek Norris, who had a terrible 2016 but has plenty of signs pointing to a 2017 bounce-back. With Norris and Jose Lobaton in the fold, they had a perfectly capable pair of receivers, both of whom rated as well above average in Statcorner’s catcher framing metrics. Catching wasn’t the strength of the team, but neither was it some glaring weakness like their bench, and if ownership was going to allow for more spending, there seemed to be plenty of other places for the Nationals to upgrade.
But today, the winter of industry speculation proved prescient, as the Nationals have reportedly signed Wieters, giving him $21 million in guaranteed money over two years along with an opt-out after the first year. The lesson, as always; if you’re not sure where a Scott Boras client is going to sign, Washington is always a safe guess.
Matt Wieters signed a supercontract when he was in the womb.
No, no he’s not. Whether he’s even an upgrade to Derek Norris is a very open question.
Matt Wieters is an impact star
Wieters was among the premier free agents on the market and fell into the Nationals’ lap in late February. A switch-hitting catcher with 20-homer power who still in his prime, was an All-Star in 2016, threw out 35 percent of would-be basestealers last season and has two Gold Gloves … wow. It’s a huge upgrade over Derek Norris.
Posted: February 21, 2017 at 12:41 PM | 13 comment(s)
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Catch Rosenthal shilling for Boras.
Cue the chorus:
“Boras,” the agent’s critics will say, “is asking for too much money.”
Well, yes. That’s Boras’ job — to get the best deals he can for his players.
The case of Wieters, though, is even more curious than most.
No, Ken, I don’t think the situation is more complicated than Wieters’ asking price is higher than what teams are willing to pay him.
Posted: February 09, 2017 at 07:55 AM | 31 comment(s)
Friday, January 27, 2017
It’s tough to re-establish your value if you are a part-time player. At this point, Wieters, at best, would be sharing the job in Baltimore.
When talking to Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette earlier this week, he said something that really struck me.
It wasn’t the sentiment conveyed, but the wording he used that that made me pause.
Here was the exact quote:
“We lost Matt Wieters, who had been a big part of our operation for a while. But we’ve been able to sign Welington Castillo, who I think is going to do a pretty good job at catcher for us. He shows good power. He’s shown good defensive capability, especially throwing, so I think we’re gonna be strong there.”
This isn’t about Castillo, who was a pretty solid acquisition, I think.
It’s the “we lost Matt Wieters” part that I’m hung up on.
The thought now is that Wieters may have to re-establish himself as one of baseball’s best all-around catchers and hit the market again next year. So, he might be looking for a one-year, pillow deal.
And where do offensive players often end up when a one-year agreement is the best option? Camden Yards, of course.
Posted: January 27, 2017 at 01:35 PM | 31 comment(s)
Thursday, November 17, 2016
OK, he’s not as good as Boras’ sales pitch but he’s worth more than two years at $12 million.
“I wouldn’t go more than two years and $12 million but someone will give him more,” an executive from an American League team said. “But he’s got the name recognition, the right agent and he proved he was healthy this year. He’s going to get paid by someone and they will probably live to regret it.”
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