Wolters is a solid defensive catcher (Mark Rebilas - USA Today Sports)
Wolters is a solid defensive catcher (Mark Rebilas - USA Today Sports)

Cubs appear close to signing veteran catcher


by - Senior Editor -

The Cubs might be adding a roster piece right before Opening Day.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman posted that the Cubs are close to adding a veteran catcher to the mix.

"Hearing veteran catcher Tony Wolters will likely head to the Cubs after opting out of Pirates contract," he wrote.

Wolters is a needed piece on the team as backup catcher Austin Romine will be out for an extended amount of time during the regular season with a knee injury.

The 28-year-old is one of the game's better defensive catchers and has played the last five years with the Colorado Rockies.

He has a lifetime 32.8 percent caught-stealing rate which is above league average.

Offensively, he has a .238 career batting average and 57 wRC+, which is pretty mediocre.

If he signs with the Cubs, he will be controllable through the 2022 season.

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