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Wire Taps: Will Matt Wieters return to Washington? Nationals’ catching corps + more...

It’s another “will he return or won’t he?” situation with the Nationals and veteran catcher Matt Wieters, who has a $10.5M decision to make this winter...

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Initial reports on Friday, quoting anonymous sources, said Matt Wieters would exercise his $10.5M player option and return for a second season in D.C. Subsequent reports on the decision for the 31-year-old backstop, including one quoting Wieters’ agent, Scott Boras, said no decision has been made. So will the veteran catcher come back to D.C. in 2018? In disputing the original reports, Boras told’s Mark Feinsand that what his client, “... does for a pitching staff is off the charts & in great demand." What he did at the plate last season, however... well, “... what he does for a pitching staff is off the charts & in great demand." Boras didn’t say that last part, of course. On to the links... Also, don’t forget, the AFL Fall Stars Game is on the MLB Network tonight... and on


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