Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter
Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) - The Washington Nationals and catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a two-year, $21 million deal, pending a physical.
According to a source, Wieters will earn $10.5 million in 2017 and $10.5 million for 2018, for which he can opt out. Of the $21 million, $5 million is deferred.
The 30-year-old Wieters could help fill a void left after the Nationals lost starting catcher Wilson Ramos, who signed with the Tampa Bay Rays during free agency.
Wieters spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Baltimore Orioles, where he became a four-time All-Star, most recently in 2016.
Wieters , a fifth overall pick by the Orioles in 2007, has hit 117 home runs, third most among catchers, and has 437 RBIs and a .256 batting average since making his big league debut in 2009.
In 2014, he played in just 26 games before suffering a right elbow injury that ended his season and required Tommy John surgery.
In November 2015, Wieters became the second player ever to accept a qualifying offer, signing a one-year, $15.8 million contract to remain in Baltimore.
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