Long gone are the seasons of 2011-2016, where Wieters saw four All-Star appearances, and averaged a .261/.317/.439 slash with a .756 OPS in those seasons. Wieters spent 2019-2020 as the backup catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Yadier Molina, and the switch hitter posted a .207/.284/.332 slash with a .616 OPS. The 35 year old veteran, mustered a measly 84.7 average Exit Velocity, and sports a continuously rising K%, at 24.4 percent.
With a below average 2.02 pop time, ranking him tied for 45th among all qualified catchers, the signs are pointing towards his harsh decline. Once a top tier defensive catcher, with an unreal 22 DRS in 2011 with Baltimore, Wieters hasnt posted a DRS above -1 since 2012. One thing that Wieters has still been great at, is throwing out runners, even with his well below average pop time, averaging a 34% caught stealing rate, to the league average of 27%.
Moving forward for Wieters, he has seen his starting days in the rearview mirror, but he will still bring a veteran presence to a team that needs one at the catching position, and stick in the league for a little while longer.
These are the teams I think are in contention for Wieters: Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves
Final Landing Spot Prediction: Matt Wieters signs a 1 yr/2.5 million dollar deal with the Chicago Cubs
2021 Stat Line Prediction: .228/.301/.392 .693 OPS 2 HR 11 RBI