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.
Matt Wieters will be signing back with #STLCards. 2M plus 1M incentives.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 19, 2020
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.
MLB rumors: A's free-agent target Matt Wieters returning to Cardinals originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area