MLB Free Agency 2017: 5 potential teams for Matt Wieters

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Matt Wieters
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Matt Wieters /
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2. Los Angeles Angels

Mike Trout just won another MVP award, and he’s on a trajectory to be an all-time great. But the Angels are quickly wasting Trout’s best years. Albert Pujols, Kole Calhoun, C.J. Cron can provide some support offensively, and newly acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin should add something if he’s healthy, but the Angels could use some more offense from anyone that plays behind the plate.

The trio of Carlos Perez, Jett Bandy and Geovany Soto combined for 17 home runs and 65 RBI over 555 at-bats last season. By comparison, in a down year, Wieters had 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 423 at-bats.

Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia somehow, inexplicably, avoided being fired after this past season. The next best option is now clearly to fortify the current roster, while Pujols in particular is still a useful player, with an eye toward a return to postseason contention in 2017. Wieters, even entering the possible decline phase of his career that can become a steep cliff for catchers, is an upgrade behind the plate the Angels can afford to take on if they want to.