The Dodgers lost another player this offseason. But, in this case, fans can hold their breath. Veteran catcher Tony Wolters, who appeared in just two games for the Dodgers in 2022, signed a deal with the Twins. New York Post insider Jon Heyman reported the move on Thursday afternoon.
Tony Wolters agrees to Twins deal. Minors contract.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 5, 2023
Wolters signed with LA as a backup to the backup catcher situation last season. He spent most of 2022 at the Triple-A level where he hit .230 with a .605 OPS over 61 games.
Wolters spent five of his seven seasons in the league with the Rockies appearing in 405 games. Wolters also spent time playing second base while posting a career .238 batting average with the Rockies and Cubs, chipping in 123 RBIs.
With top prospect Diego Cartaya slowly making his way and Will Smith and Austin Barnes firmly entrenched as the number one and number two catchers, there simply wasn’t enough reason for LA to bring the 30-year-old journeyman back for another ride. Notably, the club already inked former Mets backstop Patrick Mazeika to potentially fill Wolters’ role for 2023.
The Dodgers move forward while the Twins take a chance on a backup.
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