Matt Wieters
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1 week ago

Wieters went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

The hits were his first of the spring in nine at-bats. Houston also challenged his arm on the basepaths and Wieters mostly rose to the challenge, throwing out two of four would-be thieves. With 15 games left on the Nats' spring training schedule, expect the 30-year-old catcher to see plenty of action in an effort to shake off any lingering rust resulting from his late signing.

Matt Wieters
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2 weeks ago

Wieters will get the start in the Nationals' next two spring games Monday and Wednesday before joining the team's regular rotation behind the plate, The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

He went 0-for-2 in this Nats debut Sunday, but Joe Ross also had a strong outing throwing to Wieters, which is more encouraging. The former Oriole will provide a target for Stephen Strasburg on Monday, and has plenty of time left in the spring to get familiar with the team's entire pitching staff before assuming regular starting duties Opening Day.

Matt Wieters
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3 weeks ago

Wieters will catch in his first spring game for the Nationals on Sunday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The organization and fantasy players will get their first look at the recent free-agent pickup, who has shown no ill effects from his offseason forearm injury. The switch-hitting backstop's price in fantasy baseball drafts could climb with a decent exhibition performance, given the uncertainty surrounding the middle and lower portions of the position pool.

Matt Wieters
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3 weeks ago

Manager Dusty Baker says he expects Wieters to make his Grapefruit League debut before next Tuesday's off day, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Washington has five spring training games before Tuesday, any of which could serve as an ample debut opportunity. The big offseason acquisition for the Nationals has limited to catching bullpen sessions thus far, but there's still plenty of time before Opening Day begins. Look for Wieters to see time behind the plate soon.

Matt Wieters
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3 weeks ago

Wieters will make his Grapefruit League debut in a couple of days as he tries to catch up to game shape, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The backstop's late signing with Washington delayed his schedule, though he still has plenty of time to ready himself for the 2017 season, thanks to the prolonged spring training schedule in a World Baseball Classic year. Despite Wieters' 2016 woes, the Nationals and fantasy players alike may find a nice return on a cheap investment.

Matt Wieters
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1 month ago

Wieters took part in batting practice and fielding drills Friday, and showed no lingering issues from the wrist injury he suffered in the offseason, The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

He said Friday he'll need about a week before he'll be ready to catch during Grapefruit League action, as he gets up to speed on the Nats' pitchers, but that doesn't preclude an appearance or two as a DH. Wieters is expected to catch about 120 games this season, which could make it tough for him to record his first 20 home run season since 2013, but if the 30-year-old is fully healthy he should be able to improve on last season's .243/.302/.409 slash line.

Matt Wieters
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1 month ago

The Nationals officially announced their signing of Wieters, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The pact pays the backstop $10 million in 2017 with an $11 million option for 2018. His poor 2016 doesn't take away the upside he has at the catcher position in fantasy leagues. The vet could wind up a huge value pick somewhere in the top 200 selections of a mixed-league board.

Matt Wieters
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1 month ago

Wieters and the Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year, $21 million deal Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 30-year-old was an All-Star for the Orioles last season, but the organization did not express much interest in bringing him back, and Wieters will now join the Nationals on a two-year contract, which includes an opt-out after Year 1. While Wieters has slipped a bit on the defensive end, he remains a strong hitter in what should be a dangerous lineup, and he's coming off of a season in which he hit .243 to go with 66 RBI across 423 at-bats. Wieters figures to immediately jump Derek Norris as the Nationals' starting catcher, and it's possible Norris could now be moved as he attempts to bounce back from a disastrous 2016 season, during which he hit just. 186 in 415 at-bats for the Padres.

Matt Wieters
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1 month 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
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2 months 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.