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Bobby Wilson's time on Angels ends

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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.

October 23, 2012|Staff and wire reports
  • Bobby Wilson was claimed off waiver by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Bobby Wilson was claimed off waiver by the Toronto Blue Jays. (Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images )

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 batted .211 in 75 games last season.

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 in a three-year, $15.55-million deal 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.

—Mike DiGiovanna

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