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White Sox Sign Backstop Welington Castillo To Two-Year Deal

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The Chicago White Sox announced Friday the signing of catcher Welington Castillo to a two-year, $15 million deal ($7.25 million both years) with an $8 million option for a third season.

If Castillo’s option for 2020 is declined, he’ll receive a $500,000 buyout.

Castillo, 30, spent 2017 with the Baltimore Orioles, platooning with Caleb Joseph behind the plate. In 341 at-bats, Castillo hit .282/.323/.490 with 20 homers (a career high) and 53 RBIs.

Prior to joining Baltimore, Castillo played for the Chicago Cubs from 2010-15, the Seattle Mariners in 2015, and the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2015-16.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is excited about acquiring the eight-year veteran.

“We view it as an upgrade both in the short-term and the long-term,” said Hahn. “He’s been one of the most productive catchers in baseball over the last few years. We think he’ll make an impact on both our young pitchers and our young catchers.”

By joining the White Sox, Castillo will be reunited with manager Rick Renteria, who managed Castillo in 2014 for the Cubs. “It means a lot for me to play for him again,” said Castillo. “I’ve worked with him. He’s a great human being and a great manager. He’s a player’s manager. I’m excited to have the opportunity to play for him. I’m going to do everything I can to help this team win.”

Castillo has hit double-digit dingers each year since 2014. This is great news for the White Sox, as they struggled to find offensive production behind the plate in 2017- Kevan Smith and Omar Narvaez, Chicago’s two main backstops, combined for just six homers and 44 RBIs in 529 at-bats.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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