Matt Wieters
C BAL
4 days ago

The Rays have offered Wieters a contract, though it's likely for only one year and much less money than the catcher desires, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wieters remains unsigned for many reasons. Questions probably still exist about his health, though he and agent Scott Boras said he's fine. His recent poor pitch-framing has probably made him less desirable, but that metric isn't perfect and ideally should lay some blame on an erratic 2016 Orioles pitching staff. Tampa Bay could use Wieters' offensive upside, which remains realistic, though maybe not at the lofty levels he enjoyed as a prospect and young player. Still, the Rays are a logical suitor: Wieters would slot in at catcher and designated hitter. He could remain in the lineup even after Wilson Ramos (knee) returns, and that timetable remains up in the air. Assuming Wieters' health checks out and he lands a deal before the season starts, fantasy players could find a bargain if his price keeps sinking.

Matt Wieters
C BAL
2 weeks ago

Wieters' agent Scott Boras said the catcher didn't suffer nerve damage and has participated in baseball activities following his November accident at home that resulted in a lacerated left forearm, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

EDGE Analysis

That can likely be ruled out as a reason why Wieters hasn't found a team yet, and it's a positive to hear he's physically up to par. Still, fantasy players can't peg him with a proper value until he lands with a new club.

Matt Wieters
C BAL
2 weeks ago

The Orioles haven't participated in any recent discussions with Wieters' agent Scott Boras, according to MASNSports' Roch Kubatko.

EDGE Analysis

Baltimore appears to be happy with their catcher picture. Welington Castillo enters as the starter, with Caleb Joseph or Francisco Pena backing him up, while top prospect Chance Sisco likely sits at Triple-A Norfolk waiting to arrive sometime this year. Wieters likely will find a home in the coming weeks -- perhaps the Angels -- but valuing him for fantasy drafts is a head-scratching chore while he's still a free agent.

Matt Wieters
C BAL
2 weeks ago

The Rays are still in pursuit of one more hitter before camp opens, and Wieters (forearm) is among those they might be looking at, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The report doesn't quote anyone from the Rays, but presumably Marc Tompkins, the author of the article, has been in touch with the team on background. The Rays signed Wilson Ramos as a free agent this offseason, but he won't be ready to return from his knee injury until midseason, so an opening for Wieters remains on a one-year deal.

Matt Wieters
C BAL
3 months ago

Wieters cut his left forearm earlier in the offseason and received stitches on the wound, but the issue is not expected to affect his ability to play next season, Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thankfully, the free agent incurred the minor laceration on his non-throwing arm, which should help him maintain his stock as one of the top catchers on the market this offseason. Wieters is expected to resume baseball activities in January and be 100 percent by the time spring training rolls around.

Matt Wieters
C BAL
3 months ago

Wieters became a free agent Monday after the Orioles did not extend him a qualifying offer, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wieters managed to stay healthy for the 2016 season, although his offensive numbers dipped. With this in mind, the Orioles thought that his acceptance was too big of a risk for them to take and instead will move on from the 30-year-old backstop. Wieters does hold 20-home run potential, though, and now that he won't cost a draft pick to be signed, he could garner a higher price on the free agent market.

Matt Wieters
C BAL
5 months ago

Wieters went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Wieters finished the season with 17 home runs, not bad considering he played in 124 games since his throwing arm needed routine rest in the first two months of the season. Wieters may not be back with the Orioles next season, but he figures to be behind the plate for all of Baltimore's postseason games.

Matt Wieters
C BAL
5 months ago

Wieters went 3-for-5 with a game-tying solo homer in Friday's 3-2 extra-inning victory over the D-backs.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran came through with a 388-foot shot to right to lead off the bottom of the ninth, tying the game at 2-2. The multi-hit performance was a welcome effort from Wieters after he'd gone hitless in the prior six games in which he'd registered at least one at-bat. Following Friday's production, he's slashing .239/.297/.398 on the season, with 15 homers and 61 RBI.

Matt Wieters
C BAL
5 months ago

Wieters is out of the lineup Thursday against Boston, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wieters has started three consecutive games and gone 0-for-9 with three strikeouts in that time. He'll sit out against David Price and the Red Sox while Caleb Joseph starts behind the dish and hits ninth.

Matt Wieters
C BAL
5 months ago

Wieters is not in the lineup Sunday against the Rays.

EDGE Analysis

While Wieters gets the day off, Caleb Joseph will start behind the plate. Look for Wieters to return to his spot behind the plate Monday when Baltimore hosts the Red Sox.