CHICAGO – The Cubs found their backup plan for Willson Contreras.
Former Pirates and Rockies catcher Tony Wolters is coming to the North Side on a one-year contract. Wolters opted out of his minor league deal with Pittsburgh this spring after he was left off of the Opening Day active roster.
The 28-year-old backstop spent all five of his big league seasons in Colorado, where he hit a paltry .238 with seven home runs and 123 RBI. Wolters might not bring a big bat to the Cubs clubhouse, but his work behind the dish could bolster the defense.
In 2019, he ranked third among N.L. catchers, throwing out 20 baserunners and recorded a 106-game errorless streak through August 18 of that season.