Los Angeles Angels General Manager Billy Eppler has found a way to build a good team without having a lot of assets, but there are still a few positions to be addressed before the 2017 season starts. Therefore, the Angels have looked into signing former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters to fill one of those needs. Wieters, who is still a free agent, is arguably a top 15 catcher in the Major Leagues.
The Angels current options are Martin Maldanado and Carlos Perez, making Wieters is a perfect fit. He is coming off a season where he hit .243 with 17 home runs and 66 RBIs in 124 games. He is a 4 time All-Star and has won 2 Gold Glove awards. Although he is impressive when he is playing, it is his injury history that is concerning. He had Tommy John surgery in 2014 and has not been the same player since. The Angels have enough problems with injuries as it is, they were one of the most injury-plagued teams last season.
If the Angels decide to sign Wieters as their catcher, then they will be joining the Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and New York Mets, as teams interested in his services. I think that the money they would use towards Wieters would be better spent on relief pitching, with so many great relievers still on the market.
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