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MLB rumors: A's free-agent target Matt Wieters returning to Cardinals

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MLB rumors: A's free-agent target Matt Wieters returning to Cardinals

The A's could use a veteran catcher on their major league roster, but Matt Wieters will not be that guy.

The veteran catcher will be returning to the St. Louis Cardinals, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Sunday.

A little over a week ago, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported, citing sources, that Wieters was drawing interest from the A's and Cardinals.

Wieters to the A's would have made sense because both catchers on Oakland's big league depth chart, Sean Murphy and Austin Allen, are rookies.

Instead, Wieters decided to stick with the team he played for in 2019. In 67 games last season, the 33-year-old slashed .214/.268/.435 with 11 homers and 27 RBI.

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With Wieters reportedly off the board, there still are several attractive veteran catchers on the free-agent market for the A's to consider: Russell Martin, Caleb Joseph, Nick Hundley, Jonathan Lucroy, Bryan Holaday and Welington Castillo, just to name a few.

The A's have been relatively quiet this offseason, so we'll see if they make any more additions before pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, Ariz. on Feb. 12.

Dodgers told not to comment on Astros' wrongdoing in 2017 World Series

Dodgers told not to comment on Astros' wrongdoing in 2017 World Series

Of all the victims of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing, the team with the biggest gripe is the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After all, it was the Dodgers who lost to the Astros in the 2017 World Series.

That was the season Astros players and coaches started using technology to illegally steal their opponents signs.

Nearly 11 hours after news broke of the initial punishments for the Astros, the Dodgers put out a statement.

That's right. MLB asked the team most affected by the scandal not to comment on the scandal or the World Series they lost because of the scandal.

If we were the Dodgers -- and we're glad we're not -- we'd be screaming as loudly as possible from the top of the San Gabriel Mountains. But instead, Giants fans get to bask in their three World Series titles, while the Dodgers are still hoping for their first since 1988.

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MLB handed down stiff punishments to the Astros, former general manager Jeff Luhnow and former manager A.J. Hinch, and owner Jim Crane finished the job by firing Luhnow and Hinch. But the Astros got to keep the 2017 World Series trophy.

The Dodgers should be mad, and they should be allowed to let off a little steam.

MLB rumors: Matt Wieters drawing interest from A's in free agency

MLB rumors: Matt Wieters drawing interest from A's in free agency

If you look at the catcher position on the A's depth chart right now, there are two names: Sean Murphy and Austin Allen.

Both are rookies and have a combined 54 games of MLB experience.

So it would make sense for the A's to pursue a veteran backstop to split time with Murphy, one of the A's top prospects, who figures to be the opening day starter.

That veteran catcher appears to be Matt Wieters, who is drawing interest from the A's and St. Louis Cardinals, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday, citing sources.

The 33-year-old Wieters spent last season with the Cardinals, so they likely have the upper hand in the pursuit. But the A's have been after Wieters for a while, as they pursued him last winter as well.

An 11-year veteran, Wieters would be the perfect mentor for Murphy and Allen.

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The A's could get Wieters at a bargain price, as he's coming off a minor league contract with the Cardinals.

For a team that has aspirations of winning the AL West and going deep in the postseason, it would be wise for them to bring in a veteran backstop who has played in high-pressure situations.