Cardinals Add Veteran Catcher Matt Wieters

Former All-Star agrees to terms on minor league deal with non-roster invite

JUPITER, Fla., February 27, 2019 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to terms with free-agent catcher Matt Wieters (pronounced WEE-ters) on a minor league contract with a non-roster invite to the team’s Major League Spring Training camp.

Wieters, 32, has played the past two seasons with the Washington Nationals after an eight-year stint in Baltimore where he was named an American League All-Star four times (2011-12, 2014 & 2016).  The switch-hitting Wieters owns a career .251 batting mark with 135 HR’s and 519 RBI in 1,081 games played.   His 135 career home runs rank 6th all-time among switch-hitting catchers.

A former first round (5th player overall) draft selection of the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 out of Georgia Tech University, Wieters was a Rawlings Gold Glove recipient in both 2011 and 2012.

The 6-5, 235-pound Wieters appeared in 76 games for the Nationals last season, collecting 8 HR’s and 30 RBI along with a .330 on-base pct. – the third highest of his career.

Wieters has been assigned uniform no. 32.