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Blue Jays claim Bobby Wilson off waivers from Angels

Oct 22, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

Bobby Wilson AP

When it comes to collecting terrible-hitting former Angels catchers the Blue Jays just can’t help themselves.

Toronto has claimed Bobby Wilson off waivers, adding him to a roster that already included Angels castoff Jeff Mathis.

Wilson spent this season backing up Chris Iannetta, but was forced into extended duty by Iannetta’s broken wrist and ended up hitting .211 with a .569 OPS in 75 games. At age 30 he’s purely backup material at best.

His departure does open the door for 24-year-old prospect Hank Conger to take over as Ianneta’s new backup, although after the Angels signed Iannetta to a three-year, $15.5 million extension last month it wouldn’t be surprising if they look to trade Conger this winter.

  1. pmcenroe - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    “When it comes to collecting terrible-hitting former Angels catchers the Blue Jays just can’t help themselves.”

    haha after reading the headline this was also my EXACT thought

  2. cur68 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    AA, why? What do The Beav need with this guy? Look Anthopolous, you wiffed on Napoli. I get it: you want to make up for that. BUT this does not mean that every catcher Scioscia sours on is a Mike Napoli-type hitter! Jeez! Stop acquiring catchers! Get a manager for Dog’s Sake!

  3. gerryb323 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    And to think they had the one former Angels catcher who could hit and they traded him for Frankie squared!

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      I was going to mention that they seem to collect former Angel’s Catchers period. They only seem to keep the light hitting ones though.

  4. jaysjunkie - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Why do they need this stiff? They just signed Mathis to a new contract and have Arencibia as their number one, with d’Arnaud also pushing for a spot. I’m lost.

  5. unlost1 - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    how can there be so many comments for this? how can there even be waivers after the season, anyway?

  6. proudlycanadian - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    At the moment, the Jays do not need him, nor do they need Chad Beck who was placed on waivers to create roster room. The Jays have a surplus of catchers and are almost certain to trade either d’Arnaud or Arencibia for a starting pitcher. I expect that the Jays are talking with Tampa Bay about one of their starters. Tampa Bay could use a catcher.

  7. jaybird22seven - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    It’s to bad we will never see Travis D catch in Toronto !!!

  8. proudlycanadian - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    There is a story on MLB.com that the Rangers might try to trade for Arencibia this off season. I was also reading that Wilson is from Dunedin Florida, which happens to be the Florida home of The Jays. If so, Wilson and the Jays are well aware of each other.

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