Even though there was little chance Matt Wieters would re-sign with the Orioles this winter, the news that he had agreed to a two-year deal with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday provided some closure for his former manager and teammates.
Not that anyone was holding out hope that he would suddenly appear at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and platoon with new catcher Welington Castillo, but Wieters was a much-loved figure in the Orioles clubhouse. It had become painful for his longtime friends to see him twist in the free-agent wind while they were back in camp.
Many of them kept in touch with him, and manager Buck Showalter phoned and texted him regularly.
“On a personal...