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Rangers rumors: Could Texas target Matt Wieters?

Matt Wieters will be a free agent this winter and the Texas Rangers will be interested under the right conditions.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers surprised many as they marched back to the postseason this year. As they look to continue this success for years to come, they could look to upgrade their team via free agency. As a result, Texas might be interested in free-agent catcher Matt Wieters, but only under the right conditions, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

The Rangers would only be interested in Wieters if he avoids getting a qualifying offer from the Baltimore Orioles, the only team he's ever played for. The qualifying offer would mean that the team that signs him would be forced to give up a draft pick in order to do so (if they didn't have one of the ten worst records this year). If that's the case, Wieters and Texas wouldn't be a fit.

The 29-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .267/.319/.422 with eight home runs and 25 RBI's in 75 games. While it remains to be seen whether or not he'll be extended a QO, it seems likely that Wieters would reject it, as many are expecting him to be able to sign a multi-year deal in the offseason.

That decision is ultimately up to the Orioles front office. They will need to decide if $15.8 million is worth risking in order to guarantee that if Wieters does go elsewhere, they'll be compensated. Chris Davis is also slated to be a free agent and the Orioles are going to have to prioritize which of these bats they want back.