Braves Rumors: Atlanta To Pursue Orioles C Matt Wieters In Free Agency?

The Atlanta Braves are early in a full organizational rebuild, but that may not stop them from making some crucial additions in free agency.

One of the positions the Braves are likely to address is catcher, and the biggest name connected to the team in rumors recently is Baltimore Orioles free agent backstop Matt Wieters.

"His contract will depend upon how teams view his value in his second season after Tommy John surgery," FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal wrote recently. Wieters, who turns 30 on May 21, caught only 55 games last season, and never on three straight days. Still, he makes a ton of sense for the Braves, considering that he owns a home in Atlanta and attended Georgia Tech. The Nationals are another team with possible interest."

Legendary baseball insider Peter Gammons, however, has a directly opposite view on the matter:

Wieters is currently mulling over a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer. He's likely to decline, betting on himself and his ability to command a long-term contract on the free market. The 30-year-old backstop played in just 75 games this year, slashing .267/.319/.422 with 8 home runs and 25 RBI.

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