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Cubs Acquire Catcher Bobby Wilson From Twins

Chicago traded catcher Chris Gimenez to Minnesota.

August 30, 2018 - 4:24 pm
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(670 The Score) The Cubs have added another option at catcher for the stretch run.

Chicago acquired catcher Bobby Wilson from Minnesota in exchange for catcher Chris Gimenez and a player to be named later or cash considerations. Wilson has been on the disabled list since last week with a sprained right ankle.

The 35-year-old Wilson is hitting .178 with a .523 OPS in 47 games this season. He's a career .208 hitter with a .577 OPS across parts of nine seasons in the big leagues. He has previously played for the Angels, Diamondbacks, Rays, Rangers and Tigers as well.

Wilson's stint in Tampa came in 2015 and 2016, when current Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey was in the same position with the Rays. In comments to reporters in Atlanta shortly after the trade, Hickey raved about Wilson's defensive skills and ability to call a game. So his addition gives the Cubs the option of choosing a more defensive-minded backup catcher for the playoffs if they want, as 25-year-old Victor Caratini is only in his second big league season and still raw behind the plate in many ways.

To make room for Wilson on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated right-hander Cory Mazzoni for assignment. The 28-year-old Mazzoni posted a 1.04 ERA in 8 2/3 innings for the Cubs and a 4.46 ERA at Triple-A Iowa.

Gimenez, 35, hit .143 with one RBI in 12 games for the Cubs this year. He was right-hander Yu Darvish's personal catcher back in Texas, but because of his own inability to hit and Darvish's serious injury issues, Gimenez never found a role.