It’s not his agent’s fault that Wieters hasn’t re-signed in Baltimore

November 14, 2013 | Drew Forrester

I said on Wednesday’s show the Orioles only have two players I would truly deem “untouchable” — Adam Jones and Manny Machado.

Granted, both of those players have warts.  Jones is still a streaky hitter who has a tendency to go weeks at a time swinging at bad pitches and Machado is a great defensive player but only a good offensive player at this point.  Still, I wouldn’t trade either of them for anything, unless his name sounded a lot like Clayton Kershaw or Miguel Cabrera.

Matt Wieters is a trade commodity for a variety of reasons.  FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that the Birds are open to trading Wieters.  And they should be.  But, they shouldn’t trade him just because they haven’t yet been able to re-sign him.  That’s a typical Orioles move, frankly.  They low ball a guy, he doesn’t take it…they up their low-ball offer the next year…he doesn’t take it.  And then they say, “OK, well, we’ll trade him.”

That’s the wrong approach.

Of course, the words “wrong approach” and “Orioles” collide in the same sentence a lot.

In this case, the Orioles are using the right approach if they think they can fleece a team for Wieters…but that shouldn’t be connected with their ability to sign him to a new deal.  If they want Wieters on their team for the long-term, they should make every attempt to sign him to a REAL contract.

Folks who follow baseball will say, “No, Drew, Scott Boras won’t let Wieters sign now.”   That, my friends, is a bunch of baloney.  Scott Boras doesn’t OWN Matt Wieters.  He REPRESENTS him.  If the Orioles called Scott Boras right now and said, “Name your price and Wieters can stay” – just as a function of sniffing out the real scenario — Boras would call you back and say, “We’ll be there in 30 minutes.”

This silly notion that Boras won’t “let” Wieters sign in Baltimore is absurd.  Wieters owns his rights…Boras doesn’t.  The Orioles have admittedly tried twice to sign Wieters and failed.  But, Wieters and Boras didn’t say, “Don’t call us again…we’re not signing for any amount until Matt becomes a free agent.”  They said, “No, that offer isn’t good enough.  Thanks anyway.”

Adam Jones is a perfect example of the agent not “owning” the player.  His agent surely advised hit to NOT re-sign in Baltimore last summer.  His agent, I’m certain, reminded him he’d cash in, big-time, if he just played out the string and became a free agent.  Jones, though, simply said, “You know what, I think I can live on $85 million and I love the franchise and I love Baltimore…I think I’ll sign now and get this over with.”

Wieters would sign here if the money was right.  And, by the way, I’m not suggesting the Orioles should back up the Brinks Truck for him.  Not at all.

Personally, I’d trade Wieters because I think he’s basically a decent offensive player that could fetch a nice return from a team looking to upgrade their own catching position and grab one of the game’s best defensive players at any position at the same time.

As I said last week:  Name the four catchers who were in the respective championship series’ last month.  Quickly now — who’s the catcher in Los Angeles?  In Detroit?  In Boston?  In St. Louis?  You probably know the Molina kid with the Cardinals.  He’s the best catcher in baseball right now.  Other than that…right…it’s a position that doesn’t jump out at you.

Let’s not blame this Orioles-Wieters drama on Scott Boras.

Two people are involved in this and two people only.

Matt Wieters.  And the Orioles.

If the Orioles want Wieters to stay, they can make that happen with a boatload of money.

If Wieters wants to sign here, he’ll take it.

If Wieters wants to leave Baltimore, he’ll keep saying what he’s been saying:  No thanks.

But, please, don’t blame this on Scott Boras.

Blame it on the Orioles.  And Matt Wieters.

5 Comments For This Post

  1. unitastoberry Says:

    If this team pulls a trade with Weiters and another player to get an Ace starting pitcher I have no problem. I do not think they are going to pay Weiters the big bucks because of his offensive numbers, and because well its the Orioles. If they do not go this route then go get a 2nd baseman with a bat and a DH who can bang out 20 HRs and maybe hit 270.

  2. chris Says:

    I would just let him play out the next 2 years, literally wear him out, tender him an arbitration designation in year 3 and get a first round pick for him. he will be 30 years old then. he MIGHT have 4-5 decent years left before he just loses it. Plus while he’s really good at defense he is a below average hitter with slightly above average power who has a slow bat and cant catch up to a good fastball. Now, Chris Davis I would back up the Brinks truck for. I think he is just hitting his peak and has now had 2 good years in a row.

  3. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Put Wieter’s & Markakis in a package deal for a quality starter & DH. Markakis, great glove & no offense with a huge contract who can’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag! Wieter’s, same thing,good glove & no offense, he is turning out to be another Dempsey who was kept around way to long! We all know the O’s operate this way, they throw some crumbs out to keep the fans interested, same bull different day !!!

  4. tsnamm Says:

    I guess it depends on what Matt and Boras are looking for…Wieters is a fantastic defensive catcher, who is a lifetime .255 hitter with “doubles power” in Camden Yards; hardly Citifield or PETCO Park. If they want to be reasonable, we should keep him by all means, but if they want some superstar bank breaking contract, no way. Wieters isn’t a superstar, and truthfully is only one of the best catchers in the league simply because there are so few really good ones. When he came out of the draft he was touted to be the next Johnny Bench. Frankly he hasn’t even been the next Jorge Posada. If Boras wants a caviar price for hamburger, then like you say Drew, try and “fleece” someone else and get a real pitcher in return.

  5. Steve Says:

    Again its Peter Angelos same old story. When Peter dies then O’s will get better. Look at Jim Irsay on the Colts. Hes nothing like his dad Bob. If he was anything like his dad you think he spent on Manning, Reggie Wayne,Dallas Clark and Marvin Harrison? Of course not. Bob Irsay wouldnt spent a dime improving the team. If Jim Irsay was like his dad. He would draft them and let em go. Plus the Colts would been in Los Angeles right now. So when Peter dies then we will see a better O’s team

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