Welington Castillo C SEA 4 days ago

Castillo will remain in the lineup Friday against Toronto.

Castillo got the start behind the plate Thursday in place of Mike Zunino. On Friday, Castillo will slot in as the Mariners' DH and will bat sixth in the lineup as Zunino returns to his role at catcher.

Welington Castillo C SEA 6 days ago

Castillo will start Thursday's series finale against the Orioles, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

After carrying three catchers for the first month and a half of the season, the Cubs finally found a trade parter for Castillo in the Mariners. The 28-year-old Castillo is expected to step in behind the plate Thursday to face right-hander Chris Tillman in his debut with Seattle, and considering how much Mike Zunino has struggled (.173/.233/.345), it seems likely Castillo will take on a significant share of the workload right off the bat.

Welington Castillo C SEA 7 days ago

Castillo was traded to the Mariners on Tuesday, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reports.

The Cubs have kept three catchers on the roster all season, making Castillo expendable. The Mariners, meanwhile, have gotten very little out of Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre, who have a combined 20 hits in 121 at-bats (.165 batting average). While Castillo hasn't fared any better this season, he figures to replace Sucre on the 25-man roster, and he could take a significant chunk out of Zunino's playing time.

Welington Castillo C SEA 2 weeks ago

Castillo went 0-for-3 Thursday, dropping his batting average to .179 for the season.

Castillo has just one hit the entire month, albeit in only 14 at-bats. He wasn't exactly a great hitter to start with, but any fantasy value he once had seems to be dwindling with Miguel Montero and David Ross now with the Cubs.

Welington Castillo C SEA 2 months ago

Castillo is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies, ESPN Chicago reports.

Castillo will be the third catcher to start for the Cubs in the team's third game of the season. His playing time will be minimal, but he will most often be used against left-handers when Jon Lester does not start for the Cubs. Castillo will hit seventh in the Cubs' batting order Friday afternoon.

Welington Castillo C SEA 2 months ago

The Cubs will open the season with three catchers, including Castillo, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

"We have three good catchers here and that's really nice," manager Joe Maddon said. The Cubs may be saying all the right things and may head north with Castillo in tow, but they'd trade him quickly if they get a good offer. He'll be used sparingly, but he could be a frequent pinch hitter this year if he sticks with the team.

Welington Castillo C SEA 2 months ago

The Cubs are considering keeping Castillo as a third catcher, the team's official site reports.

The long-held belief once the Cubs picked up Miguel Montero and David Ross was that Castillo would be traded, but so far they've found no takers. With the versatile Arismendy Alcantara and Tommy La Stella already on the roster, the Cubs may be able to afford the luxury of keeping Castillo, but they're still likely to explore trading avenues.

Welington Castillo C SEA 4 months ago

Castillo and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.1 million deal Friday, ESPN Chicago reports.

Although the Cubs keep Castillo under contract with the agreement, it's generally believed that they will attempt to trade him after acquiring Miguel Montero and David Ross earlier this offseason.

Welington Castillo C SEA 5 months ago

Castillo is now projected to serve in a backup role for the Cubs following the acquisition of Miguel Montero on Tuesday.

Rumors have swirled that suggest Castillo could be on the move in a trade, as the Cubs have been linked to free agent David Ross after signing Jon Lester to a six-year deal late Tuesday night. Castillo's OPS fell by 61 points in 2014, but he swatted a career-best 13 home runs in 380 at-bats. Turning 28 in April, Castillo may be coveted as a viable starter by other clubs despite his defensive limitations.

Welington Castillo C SEA 8 months ago

Castillo is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Castillo has been behind the plate for five of the Cubs' last six games, but will take a seat for Sunday's season finale. John Baker will man the backstop in his stead, catching starter Jacob Turner.