Cubs acquire catcher Bobby Wilson from Twins, deal Chris Gimenez

Twins Trade Bobby Wilson To Cubs For Old Friend - Minnesota Twins - Articles - Homepage

Twins Trade Bobby Wilson To Cubs For Old Friend - Minnesota Twins - Articles - Homepage

The Cubs have added another option at catcher for the stretch run.

As the Tweet mentions, the Cubs are sending Iowa catcher Chris Gimenez back to Minnesota who he played his entire 2017 for, and a player to be named later for Wilson, who is now ranked 22nd in all of baseball in framing runs - how many runs a catcher saves by making a ball look like a strike.

Wilson has been on the 10-day disabled list since August 23 with a sprained right ankle.

Wilson, 35, has spent all or part of nine major league campaigns with six clubs, seeing action with the Los Angeles Angels (2008-12), Arizona Diamondbacks (2014), the Tampa Bay Rays (2015, 2016), Texas Rangers (2015, 2016), Detroit Tigers (2016) and Twins (2018).

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Wilson is batting.178 with the Twins and is a lifetime.208 hitter.

Gimenez, 35, hit.204 (41-for-201) with two homers and 18 RBI in 68 games with Triple-A Iowa this year. So his addition gives the Cubs the option of choosing a more defensive-minded backup catcher for the playoffs if they want, as 25-year-old Victor Caratini is only in his second big league season and still raw behind the plate in many ways.

"He calls a good game and receives the ball well", said Hickey, who displayed one of Wilson's gloves from their days with the Rays.

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