A 10-year stint in the Angels organization, including the last two as a big league reserve, came to an abrupt end for Bobby Wilson on Monday when the catcher was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, a move that clears the way for Hank Conger to be the Angels’ No. 2 catcher.
“I wasn’t expecting the phone call, and I don’t know what to think of it, but it’s time to move forward,” said Wilson, a solid defensive player who hit .211 in 75 games last season. “I thought the staff was comfortable with me. Knowing the system and being relatively cheap, I thought it was a good situation for me.”
As a player entering his first year of arbitration, Wilson, who made $487,500 last season, would have cost the Angels a little more than they will pay Conger, a first-round pick in 2006, next season.
But a more likely reason for the move is that with starter Chris Iannetta locked up to a three-year, $15.55-million deal earlier this month, Conger, who bats left-handed and has considerably more offensive upside than Wilson, is a better complement to the right-handed-hitting Iannetta.