Trade destinations for Matt Wieters

Posted on November 22, 2013 by John Wilkes

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Jim Bowden, former Nationals GM, is now a writer for He offered five trade possibilities for Matt Wieters. I reviewed each trade destination for what is the best fit for the Orioles.

If you’re an ESPN Insider you can read Jim’s entire article here:

1.       Cincinnati Reds

What Jim Said: If the Orioles don’t sign another catcher, they might be interested in a package of Phillips and young catcher Devin Mesoraco.

They also might target starting pitcher Homer Bailey. Bailey could be available because he’s a free agent after 2014. Or Baltimore might decide to go younger and cheaper and acquire a top starting pitching prospect such as Robert Stephenson or Tony Cingrani.  

My Thoughts: If the Orioles are going to trade Wieters I need to see some pitching in return. With Schoop on the horizon I don’t think the Reds need to get involved with Phillips and the $50 million he’s owed.

Bailey interests me. Not sure he’s really a front of the line rotation guy the Orioles are in desperate need of but is a solid starter. Cingrani has potential but still a little bit away from being a big inning guy. 


2.       Atlanta Braves

What Jim Said: In return, the Orioles would love to get another corner outfield bat and might ask for either Jason Heyward or Justin Upton. They also might see whether they could get any of the Braves’ best young starting pitchers, such as Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen or Lucas Sims. 

My Thoughts: If the Orioles could trade Wieters for Heyward and Medlen I would do that in heartbeat. With that said there is zero chance the Braves would give up that much.  Also this deal would be dependent on them not resigning McCann

I have zero interest in Justin Upton. I think he’s highly overrated

3.       Chicago Cubs

What Jim Said: A deal for Wieters centered around Jeff Samardzija would make sense. Like Wieters, Samardzija is a free agent after the 2015 season and despite trying, they’ve been unable to sign him to a contract extension. Samardzija, who will be 29 on Opening Day, has the potential of developing into an ace. His swing-and-miss stuff, combined with the O’s elite defense could result in a banner year for him. The Orioles could also use a power-hitting outfield prospect such as Jorge Soler or high-level pitching prospect such as C.J. Edwards. 

My Thoughts:  There are a lot of unknowns in this trade. Samardzija has yet to develop into the pitchers the Cubs were hoping for. Who knows if he ever will. As Jim pointed out the Orioles defense with Samardzija stuff could be a match made in heaven. With that said who knows how much of a difference the O’s defense will make. Not sure I can risk the hope that the defense being a major difference maker in a trade involving Wieters.  

Would rather have Samardzija play WR for the Redskins…

4.       Colorado Rockies

What Jim Said: So the Orioles should be looking for one of Colorado’s proven top two starters --Jorge De La Rosa or Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin is a free agent after 2015, and it looks like he’s finally reaching his potential after going 14-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 2013. De La Rosa is a free agent after 2014, and after coming back from Tommy John surgery last year won 16 games with a 3.49 ERA. 

My Thoughts:  If I’m choosing between these two I lean towards Chacin. A Chacin for Wieters trade on paper seems fair. If they offered De La Rosa I would pass.

5.       Chicago White Sox

What Jim Said: Wieters and his choice of Kevin Gausman or Dylan Bundy to the White Sox for left-hander Chris Sale. 

My Thoughts: This is the type of move I want to see the Orioles make. Sale is a legit #1. I understand giving up Gausman would be tough but between Sale’s ability and his contract ($6.5M average annual value through 2017... gives the Orioles room to make other moves) the Orioles would be immediate contenders in the AL. 

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