It sure is nice when another team is drooling over an Orioles draft pick from several years ago. That’s exactly what happened when Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook examined Orioles catcher Matt Wieters on the Birds current trip to PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Back in 2007, the Orioles were able to draft the big switch hitting catcher only after the Pirates passed on him for relief pitcher Daniel Moskos.
But there was plenty of outrage when the Pirates took Clemson left-handed relief pitcher Daniel Moskos instead of Wieters, who went No. 5 to the Orioles. Immediately, there was criticism of Pirates owner Bob Nutting for being too cheap to meet the asking price of Wieters and his super agent, Scott Boras. General manager Dave Littlefield defended Nutting, saying the decision to take Moskos was a baseball decision. “We got the guy we want, really.” Of course, no one believed him. You’ll never convince a lot of Pirates fans that Nutting isn’t cheap.
The Pirates former manager and current Orioles coach John russell called Wieters the one of the best catchers in the American League. For Moskos, he’s converted to a starter and back to a reliever and made it to the big leagues in April. He’s made 15 appearances and is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA this season.