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Wieters joins Nationals for $21M, 2 yrs.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) After waiting and waiting to find a free-agent deal, four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters finally found a match with the Washington Nationals.

Wieters and the Nationals agreed in principle on a $10.5 million contract for 2017, pending a physical, according to a person familiar with the deal. The contract includes a player option for 2018 worth another $10.5 million, the person said, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because nothing had been announced yet.

"We just thought that, `Hey, if we're going to make this move, it's better now, than later in the spring, when he has to go into the season without knowing the pitchers.' And knowing our system and knowing us, there's a lot to learn," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said after his team's workout Tuesday, "because he's coming from the other league."

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