The A's catching situation remains up in the air despite Josh Phegley and Chris Herrmann looking at platooning behind the plate in 2019.
And even with Stephen Vogt holding workouts for interested teams, we don't know if the A's are one of the teams of interest. On Thursday, Matt Wieters is a name that was brought forth as a possible candidate to take up those responsibilities:
The A’s are among teams considering Matt Wieters. They pursued Jonathan Lucroy earlier, before he went to the Angels.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 31, 2019
The current free agent will enter his 11th year in the majors this season, spending the last two with the Nationals. In 2018, he only played in 76 games, posting a .238/.330/.374 slash line with eight home runs and 30 RBI. His season before wasn't exactly brag-worthy, either.
For now, let's think about his time with the Orioles where across eight seasons he boasted a .256 batting average with 117 home runs. He also won four All-Star selections, two Gold Glove Awards, and was even in MVP talks in 2012.
Wieters turns 33 in May, so you could imagine he would be seeking a one-year deal, perhaps in the $4 to $5 million range. He still has value as a veteran, and the A's could use a player of his capability. With the A's having other capable catcher as well, he wouldn't be overworked in the squat, too.