Wieters agrees to 2-year deal with Nats

Wieters agrees to 2-year deal with Nats

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters agreed to a two-year contract with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday morning, Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed. The contract is pending a team physical.

Wieters, who could make up to $21 million according to MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal, will reportedly make $10 million in 2017 and has an $11 million opt-out for the following season. The Baltimore Orioles have not yet confirmed the transaction.

Wieters -- whose unsigned stature so late in spring was puzzling -- spent the previous eight seasons with Baltimore, which took him with their first-round choice in the 2007 Draft. The backstop could have hit free agency for the first time last season, but instead opted to accept the Orioles' one-year $15.8 million qualifying offer for 2016.

Wieters strengthens Nationals

Wieters looked poised to have a career year in 2014, getting off to a hot start before he hit the disabled list with a forearm issue. He later underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery. He played in 75 games in '15 and completed his comeback last season, playing in 124 games and posting a .243/.302/.409 slash line.

He hit 117 career homers with Baltimore and, while O's fans clamored for a return, Baltimore instead signed free agent Welington Castillo in mid-December. Castillo, who also has a two-year deal that includes an opt-out in the second year, will make a guaranteed $13 million if he opts into the second year.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.