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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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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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