The curious case of Tony Wolters has come to an end in Cleveland with news that he has been claimed off of waivers by the Colorado Rockies.
Indians C Tony Wolters (DFA'd to clear room for Tommy Hunter) has been claimed by the Rockies.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 18, 2016
Wolters remained on the Cleveland Indians 40-man roster for a while now, despite never getting higher than Double-A in his five major league seasons. He was designated for assignment for the Indians on Saturday in order to make room for Tommy Hunter, who signed a one-year deal with the Tribe.
At 23 years old, Wolters recently made the switch from infielder to catcher, while still playing at shortstop and second base from time to time. Offensively, Wolters still has much work to do to be a major-league quality bat, but his versatility as a catcher and middle infielder makes him an interesting player for the Rockies to take on.
Having Wolters on the 40-man roster for so long was always a little strange-- and he was bound to be waived sooner or later -- but he would have been a nice piece for the Indians to hold onto as a standard prospect. Especially considering how thin the organization is with catchers outside of the Yan Gomes of Roberto Perez; they could have used the depth.
So long, and good luck, Tony!