How Matt Wieters to Nationals hurts the Mets

ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote on December 21st that, "s$3 peculation is rampant in the industry that eventually Matt Wieters will land with the Nationals". The deal is not official, and is pending a physical.

The deal is said to be for two years, though with an opt-out after the first.

#Nationals were landing spot most in industry expected for Wieters.

The deal is for $10 million in 2017 and $11 million for 2018, for which Wieters can opt out, a source confirmed to Bowden.

The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes added that up to $5 million of the salary will be deferred through 2021. Regardless, they must make a roster move of some kind, because their 40-man roster was filled as of Tuesday morning, with no room for Wieters or anyone else.

Given the increased value of pitch framing, Wieters' inability to help get strikes called is going to hurt him as he continues to age and the arm strength that allows him to throw out 35 percent of base stealers starts to decline.

Derek Norris, who was very bad with a.186/.255/.328 slash line for the San Diego Padres last season, isn't someone a team with legitimate World Series aspirations can start every day behind the plate. But given the relationship owner Ted Lerner and General Manager Mike Rizzo have with Wieters's agent, Scott Boras, a signing never seemed out of the question entirely - if it could come at the right price.

The Nats catching situation was only a little bit less dire than how things were for the Orioles before they signed Castillo.

Having signed free-agent Derek Norris, the Nats now could be in positon to trade backup Jose Lobaton, the former Ray. Even if Wieters scuffs along to another below league-average hitting season, he's probably a better choice than those guys. It would have been weird to see him in any other team's uniform. That's the way it goes. He's been an Oriole forever and now he won't be.

  • Julie Sanders