Posted November 13, 2013

Orioles reportedly willing to trade Matt Wieters

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Matt Wieters will be a free agent in two years. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Matt Wieters will be a free agent in two years. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Orioles are willing to trade catcher Matt Wieters, according to a tweet Wednesday afternoon from Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

The news comes a day after the annual general managers meeting in Orlando, Fla., and less than a week after Rosenthal reported that the two-time All-Star and agent Scott Boras aren’t eager to agree on a contract extension with the Orioles when his contract is up in two years.

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According to that report, Baltimore has been at least “exploring the market” for backups to Wieters, who batted only .214 with a .628 OPS from the left side last season. According to Rosenthal, one of the players the Orioles could look to acquire is 28-year-old Boston Red Sox free agent Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who signed a one-year contract with Boston before last season.

Boras’ players often like to explore free agency, but Wieters’ OPS has dropped .778 to .764 to .704 over the past three seasons, which could compel Baltimore to keep him for now.

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6 comments
Stewart3
Stewart3

well, borass will now ruin another small market team.  I understand that is the business of the game but with agents like this getting more than a player is worth and the yankees, red sox and dogers willing to overpay what can you do

William27
William27

agent is Borass ? the Orioles are screwed

BrandonAnthonySciuto
BrandonAnthonySciuto

Do it!  Trade Davis too while his value is high...get pitching, pitching, pitching!!!!

oasis1994
oasis1994

@BrandonAnthonySciuto 

I would say that you are insane, but I tend to agree on this. Davis is good and always had the potential to be a great power hitter. If any team was willing to give up a top pitching prospect for him I would pull the trigger. As for Wieters, I would trade him as well, or at least mid season. He declined pretty bad last season, but I still think he is one of the best. Baltimore is close to being a great team, but they need pitching. They have an over used bullpen and starters that can't go more than 6 or maybe 7 innings max.

You can always sign and develop hitters and acquire older guys. You can with pitching as well, but I think there time to win is here and I would do this in a heartbeat considering Borass is his agent. If it were any other agent I would hold onto Wieters.