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Trying to determine his worth to this team is almost impossible. I actually consider him more valuable than Jones although his contributions often don't have his name beside them in the box score; however, Matt makes the very valid point that his shelf life as a C is limited. At this point his bat doesn't hold up well at any other position. You could certainly make the argument that he would hit better without the grind of catching everyday; but can the team gamble 50M or so extra contract dollars on that hunch?
Then there's the Scot Boras factor.
I think it all comes down to whether Matt wants to stay here. If he does then I can see the two sides figuring out something they can both live with. If not, we simply can't afford a "stupid money" contract like Pujols or Fielder. It would wreck this franchise.
They should absolutely extend him ASAP and the Jonesey contract is a good comp to me. Don't want to put TOO many years into it because not only is he a catcher who plays A LOT but he's 6'5" 240lbs.
Regardless of his shelf life he is a MUST keep for the O's. As good as his baseball IQ is now imagine how good it's going to be as he gets more experience. His leadership will be invaluable to the whole team and especially the young SPs. Bundy/Gausman + Wieters =DOMINANCE.