Angels' Wilson claimed off waivers by Toronto
OCT 23, 2012 11:26a ET
"I wasn't expecting the phone call, and I don't know what to think of it, but it's time to move forward," said Wilson, a solid defensive player who batted .211 in 75 games last season.
As a player entering his first year of arbitration, Wilson, who made $487,500 last season, would have cost the Angels a little more than they will pay Conger, a first-round pick in 2006, next season.
But a more likely reason for the move is that with starter Chris Iannetta locked up in a three-year, $15.55-million deal this month, Conger, who bats left-handed and has considerably more offensive upside than Wilson, is a better complement to the right-handed-hitting Iannetta.