Friday, April 5, 2013
Long-term deal for Wieters?
By Jason A. Churchill
Word broke Wednesday that the Baltimore Orioles have offered a contract extension to catcher Matt Wieters -- " target="_blank">CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported such talks -- which comes on the heels of the monster deal the San Francisco Giants gave Buster Posey last week.
Heyman added that it does not appear that a deal is close, and the Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly " target="_blank">reports that Wieters is unaware of any offer.
Wieters is represented by Scott Boras, a significant factor because he generally advises his clients to get to free agency, rather than signing extensions. With catchers, however, it may actually be wise for the player and agent to strong consider a long-term deal prior to free agent status.
Interestingly, Wieters, who will turn 27 in May and is coming off two straight seasons of 20-plus home runs, has been dominant as a right-handed batter, posting a .283/.353/.478 line against left-handed pitching during his career. He's unlikely to give up switch hitting at this stage, as the .252/.320/.402 performance as a left-handed stick are acceptable. Just thinking out loud.
Wieters isn't going to get the kind of deal Posey received from the Giants but Arizona's five-year, $60 million deal with Miguel Montero could serve as a basis for negotiations.