Orioles sign Castillo to a 1-year deal

The Baltimore Orioles have a new starting catcher for the 2017 season as they signed Welington Castillo to a 1-year/$6 million contract with a club option for 2018. It was shocking that the Diamondbacks non-tendered Castillo this offseason after he had a productive 2016 season. The Orioles certainly had a need for a new catcher and apparently Castillo will be that guy. Castillo doesn’t bring much defensively for Baltimore as he had a league-high 10 passed balls last season. However, it is difficult to find a catcher in the MLB that is as productive as Castillo was with the Diamondbacks. He hit .264 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI’s last season, so Baltimore is hoping he can continue that offensive consistency. Baltimore didn’t seem interested in bringing back starting catcher Matt Wieters, so this signing pretty much ends any chance of a reunion with Wieters. The Orioles now have a pretty good catching duo with Welington Castillo and Caleb Joseph. Castillo’s lack of defense is really concerning, although this is a move that will make the Orioles lineup even better next season.

Grade: B+



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