February 27, 2017
Wieters Facts, Recalibrated
Signed C-S Matt Wieters to a two-year, $21 million contract. [2/24]
When a Scott Boras client signs with the Nationals, it’s tempting to just write up the story as another instance of the sport’s highest-profile agent leveraging his special relationship with the Washington franchise. After all, Boras has paired stars with the Nationals from Jayson Werth to Stephen Strasburg and everyone in between. But this team-and-player pairing makes sense for reasons beyond just the agent’s name.
To wit, the Nationals lost a breakout talent at the catching position in Wilson Ramos. They were not only under-talented at the position but thin as well, and a team with World Series aspirations can hardly afford to be thin anywhere. And would you believe that there was a highly-regarded veteran backstop willing to travel the short way along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway waiting for a suitor in free agency?