The Nationals’ reported signing of catcher Matt Wieters could have a profound ripple effect.
Washington is in desperate need of a closer after losing Mark Melancon to the Giants and choosing to pass or missing out on other options. The White Sox are in need of a catcher, and the Nats now have some to spare.
Multiple sources reported Tuesday that Wieters and the Nats agreed to a two-year deal, leaving Derek Norris and Jose Lobaton expendable.
Terms of the 30-year lease call for the Braves to play in a 9,000-capacity stadium starting in 2019. The ballpark would have 6,500 fixed seats and a grass berm that can accommodate 2,500 general admission patrons.
Today, Braves vice chairman John Schuerholz told county officials the club would run the facility year-round. It would include a youth baseball academy, according to a story in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
If the project is approved, the Braves will be the second MLB team to call Sarasota County home. The Baltimore Orioles’ spring training facility also is in Sarasota. The O’s moved there from Fort Lauderdale seven years ago as a $40 million renovation of Ed Smith Stadium was completed.
In Atlanta, meanwhile, the Braves move into SunTrust Park, their new $672 million regular-season home, in the coming weeks. The team’s first regular-season game is April 14 against the Padres.
Two weeks earlier, the Braves christen the ballpark with a March 31 Cheap Gaelic Jerseys exhibition against the Yankees.