Matt Wieters is a catcher I have always liked. I know his numbers have declined somewhat and stat geeks may tear this idea up, but see – I don’t really care, now, do I?
Matt is a stud. He has power and I am betting that in the NL and playing 125-130 games a year, he would have 5 or 6 productive years ahead of him. AJ Ellis could be his backup (sorry AJ). He will likely get a big arbitration award next year and then his will hit free agency the next year.. Maybe the Dodgers could negotiate a 6 year/$80 million deal with him if he were to be traded to LA.
Baltimore is cheap (and often stupid) so why try and strike a deal? How about Zach Lee, Joc Pederson, Pedro Baez and FedEx to Baltimore for Weiters? Baltimore gets a young starter, possible closer (they have closer issues), a young outfielder who has “very good” written all over him and a defensive catcher. The Dodgers get a stud catcher. Of course, Matt is from South Carolina, so maybe he is not a West Coast Guy. Maybe the Orioles wouldn’t do it, but if they would, I’d jump all over it!
I just think this would be a nice piece for the Dodgers, especially a power hitting catcher at #6 or #7 in the order. YIKES!