Report: Nationals, free-agent catcher Matt Wieters nearing deal

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02:  Matt Wieters #32 of the Baltimore Orioles in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on October 2, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Baltimore Orioles defetaed the New York Yankees 5-2.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals are closing in on a deal for free agent catcher Matt Wieters, reports FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

According to the report, once the deal is completed it will include a player option.

Wieters, 30, spent the first eight seasons of his major league career with the Baltimore Orioles, being named an All-Star four times and winning two Gold Glove awards.

Wieters hit .243 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 124 games last season after playing 101 total games the previous two seasons due to injuries.

The Nationals have four catchers on their depth chart entering spring training and are looking to replace Wilson Ramos, who signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason.

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