Wieters keeps popping up as talking point

Wieters keeps popping up as talking point
November 12, 2013, 10:00 am
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The idea that the Orioles should consider trading catcher Matt Wieters hasn’t necessarily gained traction, but it has become a talking point. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has floated the idea. Our O’s maven Rich Dubroff makes a logical case against it. Stan “The Fan” Charles of Pressbox makes his case for it.

Remember how the whole concept of Wieters’ future departure via free agency came up during the season? In July, manager Buck Showalter made a comment he apparently believed was off-hand and off the record, but it ended up seeing the light of day.

Showalter was speaking about Alex Rodriguez’s looming suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and attendant matters — still looming, by the way, as A-Rod’s lawyers play an offensive defense — and how the Yankees would get to wipe out his $25 million salary from the books, something Showalter didn’t believe was fair.

"If Bud [Selig] lets them get away with that, they're under the luxury tax," Showalter was quoted as saying. "If they can reset, they can spend again, and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York."

Showalter then followed up the next day by saying: "I said it and someone decided to print it. It's unfortunate, but what are you going to do? ... It all boils out from the idea that we'd like Matt to be with us. We like him."

Yes, it’s that future in free agency that drives the Wieters talk — on the record or off the record.