Wilson signed a minor league contract with the Rangers Tuesday, John Blake of the Texas Rangers reports. Wilson played with both the Rays and Rangers in 2015, but batted a lowly .189 in 132 at-bats between the two teams. The 32-year-old is a somewhat serviceable catching option when needed, as the Rangers know from last season, and will likely serve as organizational depth going forward.
Wilson will elect to become a free agent after refusing his outright assignment, Executive Vice President of Communications for the Rangers John Blake reports. Wilson appeared in 56 games for the Rays and Rangers in 2015, but the 32-year-old back-up catcher wasn't able to do much at the plate, recording a .189/.255/.250 slash line in 132 at-bats. He's never been known for his offense, but he should receive some interest in free agency from teams looking for a veteran backstop.
Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos (biceps) is available to catch for the Rangers, but will not be the primary option over the final weeks, the Dallas Morning News reports. Chris Gimenez and Bobby Wilson are expected to shouldering most of the workload, with manager Jeff Banister saying "we're at the point of the season and with the rhythm these two guys have been in, they will get the bulk of the time." Meanwhile, Chirinos has started just one game since the beginning of August and the skipper thinks he still isn't "back to major league speed."
Rangers catchers Chris Gimenez and Bobby Wilson will continue to split time behind the plate, reports MLB.com. With catcher Robinson Chirinos on the disabled list, manager Jeff Banister said he would like to pair each catcher with certain pitchers. Wilson is hitting .169 with six RBI in 59 at-bats, while Gimenez has one hit in five at-bats this season.
The Rangers have announced that they have acquired catcher Bobby Wilson on a waiver claim from Tampa Bay and placed veteran pitcher Ross Ohlendorf on waivers. Wilson has just eight hits in 55 at-bats this season. Ohlendorf has pitched in eight games this season and compiled a 3.52 ERA.