OUTWelington Castillo
C/DH WSH
Wed 7/22/20 12:53 PM

The Nationals placed Castillo (opt out) on the restricted list July 4.

EDGE Analysis

Washington made the transaction official one day after manager Dave Martinez told the media that Castillo became the third player to sit out the 60-game season. Castillo joined the Nationals in January on a one-year deal, so he'll head to the open market at the conclusion of the 2020 campaign.

OUTWelington Castillo
C/DH WSH
Fri 7/3/20 2:00 PM

Manager Dave Martinez announced Friday that Castillo has opted out of the 2020 season, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Castillo is the third Nationals player to elect to sit out, joining Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross. Castillo was a non-roster invitee but had a decent chance of making the expanded Opening Day roster as the team's third catcher before choosing to forgo the the season.

OUTWelington Castillo
C/DH WSH
Sat 3/7/20 9:29 AM

Castillo (shoulder) is in the lineup for Saturday's split-squad game against the Marlins, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Castillo did not start a game between Feb. 28 and Friday, but he served as the DH in that game and is ready to get back behind the plate Saturday, so it appears he has put his shoulder injury behind him. He will continue his pursuit of a roster spot, but he faces an uphill battle with Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes ahead of him.

OUTWelington Castillo
C/DH WSH
Sat 2/22/20 3:19 PM

Castillo is dealing with a sore right shoulder, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Castillo was supposed to serve as the designated hitter for Saturday's game and catch Sunday, but his sore shoulder is limiting his availability. The exact severity of the injury is unclear, but it appears that the 32-year-old could be sidelined for the first few games of spring training.

OUTWelington Castillo
C/DH WSH
Fri 1/24/20 4:08 PM

Castillo signed with the Nationals as a non-roster invitee Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 10-year veteran was largely unimpressive in 72 games for the White Sox last season, hitting .209/.267/.417 with 12 homers. His career 98 wRC+ is perfectly respectable for a catcher, though it likely doesn't reflect his current talent level heading into his age-33 season. The Nationals appear to be set at the catcher position with Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes both returning, so Castillo might wind up as nothing more than injury insurance.

OUTWelington Castillo
C/DH WSH
Thu 10/31/19 3:13 PM

Castillo was traded Thursday to the Rangers, who will decline his club option for 2020 and make him a free agent.

EDGE Analysis

The 32-year-old struggled to find consistent playing time in 2019, hitting just .209/.267/.684 over 72 games. Given Castillo's lofty price tag and limited production, the Rangers are expected to exercise the catcher's buyout, which would make him a free agent, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

OUTWelington Castillo
C/DH WSH
Thu 9/26/19 7:27 AM

Castillo went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

Castillo padded the White Sox's lead with his seventh-inning home run. He entered midgame as the designated hitter after Matt Skole was removed due to abdominal tightness. His playing time has taken hit over the final month of the season as the White Sox take a look at rookie Zack Collins, who started at catcher Wednesday and has served regularly as the DH during September.

OUTWelington Castillo
C/DH WSH
Sun 9/15/19 11:13 PM

Castillo went 1-for-5 with a homer and five RBI in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Seattle.

EDGE Analysis

Castillo's fifth-inning grand slam gave the White Sox an 8-5 lead that would last until his bullpen's late-game meltdown. The 32-year-old catcher is up to 10 long balls with 35 RBI on the season.

OUTWelington Castillo
C/DH WSH
Fri 9/6/19 12:36 AM

Castillo went 3-for-5 a home run, two doubles, three RBI and two runs in a 7-1 victory against the Indians on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

The 32-year-old is struggling to stay above the Mendoza Line, but he does have four homers in the last 16 games, including two in his most recent four contests. Castillo isn't hot enough in other categories, though, to make him usable in most leagues. He is batting .209 with nine home runs, 10 RBI and 16 runs in 201 at-bats this season.

OUTWelington Castillo
C/DH WSH
Sat 8/31/19 7:11 AM

Castillo hit a three-run homer as a pinch hitter in a 10-7 loss to Atlanta on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

With the White Sox down 6-2 in the seventh inning, Castillo closed the gap to one by driving a Luke Jackson fastball over the fence in left field, but it was as close as Chicago would get. Castillo has started only three of the last 11 games, and while the veteran catcher does have eight homers in 59 games this season, his .648 OPS will likely keep him stuck to the bench on most nights.