The awful news that Wilson Ramos suffered a torn ACL in his right knee isn’t just crushing news to Nationals fans. It’s also potentially bad news for the Orioles, too.
Ramos and Matt Wieters were set to be the most attractive in a thin market for free agent catchers.
With Ramos potentially off the market or at best, his earning power diminished, Wieters could have more suitors and more who’ll pay more.
Last week, Wieters’ agent Scott Boras was in Baltimore to meet with Orioles management to talk about the catcher as well as two of his other clients on the team, Pedro Alvarez and Zach Britton. No agreement on an extension for Wieters was struck.
The Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros are teams that could have an interest in the 30-year-old Wieters.
Perhaps others who might have pursued Ramos could make an offer to Wieters, too.
The Orioles have Caleb Joseph, who hasn’t driven in a run and Francisco Pena on the roster. They also have Chance Sisco, but it’s highly unlikely that he could make a jump to the majors without significant Triple-A experience.
Other catchers on the market could include Nick Hundley, who did a nice job for the Orioles in 2014 after Wieters’ Tommy John surgery and former National Kurt Suzuki. Jonathan Lucroy, who was traded from Milwaukee to Texas at the trading deadline, has an appealing $5.25 million club option.
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