Yankees sign catcher Bobby Wilson 18


Who is going to be the Yankees Opening Day catcher? I have no idea, but you can now throw Bobby Wilson‘s name into the mix as he has signed a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

Wilson will be 30 in early April. He’s an all defense, no-hit catcher with a .208/.272/.321 line in parts of five seasons with the Angels. He joins Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart, and Austin Romine as possible replacements for Russell Martin.

I have no idea how that’s going to shake out or if Brian Cashman has a trade up his sleeve, but it seems like two of those four will share the catching duties in the Bronx with the other two sharing time in Triple-A. My best guess is that Romine, who still has not had a full season in Triple-A thanks to injuries, won’t start the year in Pinstripes as the Yankees historically have not let rookies catch a lot of games (Yogi Berra was the last rookie to start even 40 games behind the plate for them).

Hopefully Cashman does indeed have a trade coming because right now it looks like the Yankees will get no offense at all from the catcher’s position.

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18 thoughts on “Yankees sign catcher Bobby Wilson

  • Gonzalo Hiram

    Last year Martin had a poor .211 AVG and talking about his defense his caught stealing percentage was just a bad 24% and also 9 passed balls, so we`re not missing anything amazing here haha.

    I really don`t understand all that crying for Martin over this guys. It`s not like we had Posey, Wieters or Yadier last year

  • Bill Abelson

    I thought I'd caught the writer with the statement that Yogi was the last Yank rook to catch 40 games. I checked on Thurman Munson's rookie stats — and by gum, yep, he only caught 25 games in 1969 after being called up in early August.

  • Freddy

    It seems to me that with the Diamondbacks are more than willing to trade everyone they have…Why not go after Miguel Montero?

    • Rob Abruzzese Post author

      The DBacks are not willing to trade just anyone. They were looking to fill holes which are now fixed. Supposedly even Justin Upton is off the table now so I don't think they're going to be making anymore big trades.

  • kay

    The Yankees pitching in 2012 was pretty good – due in large part to Russell Martin. That's why I'm really sorry he's gone. Let's hope that the full-time catcher we get this year (if any) can handle the Yankees' aging mound stars as well as he did.

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