Source: Wieters with #Nationals is two years, $21M, with opt-out after year one. Will get $10M in 2017, $11M if he returns in ’18.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 21, 2017
Has there ever been a Baltimore athlete more unfairly criticized than Matt Wieters? The guy was nothing but solid for the Orioles both offensively and defensively since his call-up in 2009, but the expectations that were put on him since the time he was drafted were impossible for him to live up to, giving fans a reason to scrutinize him. Although Wieters never single handedly turned the franchise from a losing one into a winner like we were all hoping, he was a key part of the Orioles’ turnaround. He’s been a core part of the team’s success, and was a class act on and off the field for 8 years. As Buck always said, he’s the type of guy you’d want your daughter to marry. Wieters better get a standing ovation when he returns to Baltimore this summer.
It’s been a privilege to watch Matt Wieters play for the Orioles, and I’m sorry to see him go. Best of luck Wiet.
UPDATE: There is no group of people in this world more crazy that the people that think Caleb Joseph is a better baseball player than Matt Wieters (yes, Castillo is the starter, but I’m addressing the Caleb Joseph fan club out there). And I’m not hating on Joseph, but the guy’s the first player in the HISTORY of the MLB to have 100 plate appearances and not record a single RBI. It’s madness that a population of these type of people exist. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.