Showalter: Wieters to Yankees if A-Rod suspended

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In Baltimore manager Buck Showalter's opinion, a lengthy suspension for Alex Rodriguez could open the door for Orioles catcher Matt Wieters to join the New York Yankees in two years.

A year-long ban for Rodriguez would free the team from having to pay his $25 million salary, which would help the Yankees get below the $189 million luxury tax threshold.

Showalter told USA Today Sports that it's unfair for the Yankees to benefit financially via a Rodriguez suspension.

"If Bud lets them get away with that, they're under the luxury tax," Showalter told the paper. "If they can reset, they can spend again, and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York."

The Yankees will be assessed a 50-percent luxury tax if their payroll is more than $189 million. It rolls back to 17 percent if it goes below that mark.

Wieters, 27, can become a free agent after the 2015 season. He's batting .239 with 14 home runs this season.