Thoughts On Matt Wieters Accepting The Qualifying Offer

Sports and Bets — November 13, 2015 at 3:04 pm by

I am legitimately floored by this news. No player in the history of baseball had accepted a qualifying offer until Colby Rasmus did yesterday, and now, Matt Wieters is joining the club. Wieters’ agent, Scott Boras, has always been vehemently against the practice of qualifying offers, too. I’m going to pick the pieces of my brain off the wall and try to gather my thoughts on Wieters returning to the Birds.

To be honest, I was perfectly happy with Wieters signing elsewhere, as his goofy-ass has consistently underachieved up to this point in his career. I thought that the O’s would be fine with Caleb Joseph and Steve Clevenger behind the plate, and it’s always nice to receive a compensatory pick. I also felt that dishing out $15.8 million to Wieters for a single season is a little high for a guy with a career slash line of .258/320/.423. I’d rather have seen the Birds spend that money on Chris Davis or a starting pitcher.

But now that the ink is drying on Wieters’ qualifying offer, I can definitely see this signing working out for the Orioles. The Birds are getting a player firmly in his prime, who’s highly motivated to have a bounce-back season after his injury-marred 2015 campaign. Hopefully, Wieters can do his best Nelson Cruz impression and go bonkers on a one-year deal to secure a lucrative long-term contract. And even though Wieters never turned into the player we all thought he would, his combination of power and defense still makes him one of the better catchers in baseball.

So while I would have preferred if Wieters didn’t return, having a player of his caliber on the roster is never a bad thing. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that Wieters is ready for a monster year and ol’ Pete isn’t already closing his checkbook for the winter.

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