After a less-than-stellar 2017 season, veteran catcher Matt Wieters is expected to exercise his $10.5 million player option to stay with the Washington Nationals for the 2018 season.
Source: Matt Wieters intends to exercise his $10.5 million player option for 2018, remain with Nationals.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) November 3, 2017
Wieters, 31, was one of the top free agent catchers when he hit the market in 2016, but he ended up settling for a one-year deal with the Nationals that also included a player option.
The former All-Star had a career-worst offensive season, so it's not a complete shock he decided to forgo entering the free agent market again.
The former 2007 first-round pick slashed a measly .225/.288/.344 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI over 123 games. The former Gold Glover is a reliable catcher at calling games, but his caught-stealing percentage went down to 25 percent and he's one of the worst catchers at pitch-framing, according to Baseball Prospectus.