The Angels have been considering making a run at free agent catcher Matt Wieters, whose market has been mostly quiet to this point.
Angels people have had internal talks regarding Wieters, a four-time All-Star, though it isn’t known how serious their interest is to date.
To date, the Angels have had a fairly low-key winter, making trades to bolster their defense for Cameron Maybin and Danny Espinosa while signing Ben Revere and doing a few other smaller things.
The Nationals and Braves have been reported to be teams with some interest in Wieters, though there’s been questions to date about the Nats’ need for a catcher and the Braves’ willingness to pay for another catcher.
The Angels would appear to have a need for a catcher, as they have only Carlos Perez plus trade pickup Martin Maldonado in the fold. Manager Mike Scioscia, a former Dodgers catching great from a defensive standpoint, is known to be particular about catchers.
Wieters’ agent, Scott Boras, said at the Winter Meetings a month ago that his client’s market would develop late, and he’d like be a January sign. His market has been mostly a mystery to this point, though he has been considered easily the top healthy catcher on the market.
Wieters’ old Orioles team signed Welington Castillo. Manager Buck Showalter is known to love Wieters, but it appears at least at the moment the Orioles are focused else where.
He had 17 home runs, 66 RBI and a .243 batting average last year, when he made the All-Star team again.