Yankees sign catcher Bobby Wilson


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 Responses to Yankees sign catcher Bobby Wilson

  1. Hardcore Yankee Fan says:


  2. Fred says:

    If anyone finds the fountain of youth, be sure to tell Jorge Posada first.

  3. Anthony says:

    A club full of no-hit catching. this helps how?

  4. ollie says:

    No wonder they didn't resign Martin!

  5. Hitter23 says:

    World series , here we come !

  6. steve e. says:

    Could Joe Mauer be in Yankee pinstripes for Granderson and prospects?javascript: postComment(0);

  7. steve e. says:

    Could Joe Mauer be in Yankee pinstripes for Granderson and prospects?


  8. Gonzalo Hiram says:

    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

  9. Keena says:

    Bobby Who?

  10. Bill Abelson says:

    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.

  11. Freddy says:

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

    • 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.

  12. kay says:

    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.