If at first you don’t succeed with one Twins catcher, try, try again. The Cubs announced Thursday that they had acquired Bobby Hill from Minnesota in exchange for Chris Gimenez and either a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Wilson was placed on the 10-day DL with a sprained right ankle on August 24 and he’ll remain there for the time being, but the Cubs had to DFA Cory Mazzoni to make room on the 40-man roster. The 35-year-old backstop has a career .208 (185-for-888) average over 371 games in parts of nine major league seasons, so the Cubs obviously didn’t get him for his bat.
Jim Hickey was literally wearing a Bobby Wilson catcher's mitt (they were in Tampa together for a bit) while talking to us. "When I was in Tampa Bay, that was the big rave, that the pitchers love throwing to him. He calls a really good game, he sees the ball well."
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) August 30, 2018
We’ll surely see the glove-first Wilson in Chicago once his DL time expires, particularly as Joe Maddon seeks to rest Willson Contreras more frequently for the playoff run. This probably isn’t a difference-making move by any stretch, but it at least gives the Cubs a catcher who’s familiar with Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey and who can handle the veteran staff on short notice.