The Rays are rumored to be one of the “new teams” in on veteran catcher Matt Wieters, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. It’s no secret that Wieters’ market is shrinking as the offseason wears on, which has most often been attributed to his declining offense over the past two years, lingering elbow injuries and a high price tag.
Earlier this month, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal spoke to Wieters’ agent, Scott Boras, who revealed that the veteran backstop lacerated his left forearm with a glass water bottle in November. Boras added that there was no nerve damage to Wieters’ arm, but the injury could give teams some pause as they consider making a contract offer in 2017.
Heyman also speculates that the Rays will be something of a long shot for Wieters, especially after they committed a two-year, $12.5 million contract to fellow veteran catcher Wilson Ramos last December. Ramos is expected to miss the first month of the season as he recovers from knee surgery and could ease back into catching duties after spending some time at DH in May. While that appears to leave an open door for Wieters, the club has a platoon option available in 28-year-old Curt Casali and 26-year-old Luke Maile.