Welington Castillo
C BAL
1 month ago

Castillo agreed to a one-year deal with a player option for a second year with the Orioles on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

EDGE Analysis

The deal is worth $6 million in the first year and $7 million for the option year, per Heyman. Castillo will replace Matt Wieters behind the plate for the Orioles after getting non-tendered by the Diamondbacks, moving from one homer-friendly park to another at Camden Yards. The 29-year-old posted solid numbers for a catcher in 2016, slashing .264/.322/.423 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI, but that represented a small downtick in power from his 2015 season. He will also likely see some designated hitter opportunities on days where Caleb Joseph takes over behind the plate.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
2 months ago

The Diamondbacks declined to tender Castillo a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Castillo non-tendered, that leaves Oscar Hernandez and Chris Herrmann as the only catchers on the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster. Castillo might have received close to $6 million through the arbitration process following a 2016 season in which he hit .264/.322/.423. He packs good power for a catcher and is a plus player behind the plate, so he should land comfortably with another organization.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
4 months ago

Castillo is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

Castillo will end his 2016 campaign with two consecutive days off, enabling Tuffy Gosewisch to get a turn behind the plate. While the 29-year-old Castillo didn't show quite as much power as the season before, he upped his batting average from .237 to .264 and still finished with respectable totals of 14 homers and 68 RBI in his 457 plate appearances.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
4 months ago

Castillo is out of Saturday's lineup against the Padres, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports.

EDGE Analysis

This will be the second time in the last three games that Castillo has been excluded from the lineup. Oscar Hernandez will get the start behind the dish and hit eighth.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
4 months ago

Castillo is out of Thursday's lineup against the Nationals, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Chase Hughes reports.

EDGE Analysis

He started the last seven games for the Diamondbacks, but will be replaced behind the dish by Tuffy Gosewisch on Thursday. Castillo mad significant gains in batting average and OBP this season over his 2015 numbers, but his owners likely drafted him with hopes of him replicating the 19 homers he hit last year, so the fact that he only has 14 long balls on the season comes as something of a disappointment.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
4 months ago

Castillo is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

The Diamondbacks have been rotating catchers recently to keep everyone fresh, so Castillo will take the night off Tuesday. Tuffy Gosewisch will slot in behind the dish in his stead.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
4 months ago

Castillo is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

Despite driving in 15 runs since August 28, Castillo will head to the bench for a night off with lefty Rich Hill toeing the rubber for Los Angeles. Tuffy Gosewisch will slot in behind the dish in his place.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
4 months ago

Castillo is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

The Diamondbacks' go-to catcher is finishing the year on a high note, as he is hitting .326/.379/.488 with two home runs and 27 RBI over his last 95 plate appearances. Tuffy Gosewisch will get the start behind the dish and hit eighth Wednesday.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
4 months ago

Castillo went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Castillo connected for his 13th home run of the year with his eighth-inning solo shot off Sergio Romo. The long ball was his first since August 6, but he remained productive in the 17 games between homers by batting .333/.397/.449 with 21 RBI. The 29-year-old has tallied at least 13 round-trippers in each of the past three seasons, solidifying himself as a solid source of power behind the plate.

Welington Castillo
C BAL
4 months ago

Castillo is out of the lineup Saturday against the Giants, the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports.

EDGE Analysis

Friday's game was a 12-inning affair, and Castillo went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts, so it's not surprising that he will get a chance to rest up Saturday. Tuffy Gosewisch will get the start behind the dish, batting eighth Saturday.