Catcher Tony Wolters opted out of his minor league deal with the Pirates, the team announced. Wolters’ contract contained an out clause that allowed him to become a free agent if he wasn’t added to the active roster.
Wolters was signed in February to a contract that would have paid him $1.4MM in guaranteed money if he had made the team, but Pittsburgh decided to go with Michael Perez as the backup behind Jacob Stallings. It isn’t yet known if another contract with the team is possible, considering that another veteran in Todd Frazier just re-signed with the Pirates after similarly opting out of his minors deal earlier this week.
The Rockies non-tendered Wolters in December rather than pay the catcher a projected arbitration salary in the $1.9MM-$2.2MM range. Wolters has spent his entire five-year big league career in Colorado, hitting only .238/.323/.319 over 1232 plate appearances but earning quite a bit of playing time (391 games) due to his excellent defense. This track record of solid glovework could get Wolters some looks from teams who dissatisfied with their catching options as Opening Day looms.