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Jason Castro | Catcher | #21

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/18/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 212
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Stanford
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (10) / HOU

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Jason Castro went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in Wednesday's win over the United States.
Castro and the Twins answered a two-run first inning by the United States with a two-run second of their own. Veteran backstop Castro came through with an RBI single to open the scoring in that frame. While he has cracked double-digit home runs in each of the last four seasons, Castro is just a .232/.309/.390 hitter for his big league career. Mar 8 - 9:50 PM

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Jason Castro went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer in the Twins' 5-2 defeat of the Nationals on Sunday.

The Twins signed Castro for his glove, but he will hit the occasional homer at the bottom of their order. Unfortunately, he hasn't sported a decent OBP since 2013, and his strikeout rate has increased every year he's been in the bigs. It'd be nice if he could reverse that trend, especially since the Twins already have some huge strikeout guys in Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.
Feb 26 - 4:17 PM

Twins signed C Jason Castro to a three-year, $24.5 million contract.

The deal was reported last week and it's now official. There appears to be little in the way of upside with this contract, but the Twins are banking on his pitch-framing ability to make him worth the investment. Castro owns a .215/.291/.369 batting line (84 OPS+) since his All-Star season in 2013, so he's not really a fantasy option at this point.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 10:46:00 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Twins have signed Jason Castro to a three-year, $24.5 million free agent contract.

A legitimate upgrade for the Twins, who have needed a reliable catcher since Joe Mauer moved off the position in 2013. Castro produced an underwhelming .210/.307/.377 batting line this past season for the Astros, but he was an All-Star not long ago and carries elite pitch-framing skills behind the plate. It's a worthwhile investment in this type of market, for this type of player, on this type of team.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 06:07:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins are "still engaged" in competition for Jason Castro.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Monday that Castro has multiple three-year offers on the table, and there would seem to be a good chance the Twins have made one of those offers. The Rays, Braves, Astros and Angels have also been involved, and it would appear he could make a decision relatively soon.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 10:33:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jason Castro has multiple three-year offers on the table.

As Rosenthal notes, if a team would offer Castro a fourth year they might be able to lock him up. The Rays, Braves, Twins and Astros are known to have interest in Castro, with the Angels also being on the periphery. Castro hit just .232/.309/.390 with 11 homers and 32 RBI in 376 plate appearances in 2016, but he's seen as a plus defender with good pitch-framing skills.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 04:21:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Angels have checked in on free agent catcher Jason Castro.

Their interest is believed to be mild however, as they consider their other needs more pressing at the moment. Rosenthal adds that the club is in the market for a second baseman, a left-handed hitting outfielder and a pitcher capable of working in a swing role.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 01:06:00 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves are still in the mix for free agent backstop Jason Castro.

The Rays seem to the the club that is pushing hardest to sign the 29-year-old, though he reportedly has multiple offers on the table. Castro hit just .232/.309/.390 with 11 homers and 32 RBI in 376 plate appearances in 2016.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 11:32:00 AM

Jason Castro's agent, Fred Wray, said Friday that the Rays have made an offer to his client and are "right in the thick of things."

Castro has been a hot name early on in free agency, as he's reportedly mulling over multiple offers. The 29-year-old is a career .232/.309/.390 hitter, but he's drawn rave reviews for his defense and pitch-framing. He'll have no trouble landing a multi-year contract.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 05:42:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rays are looking at free agent catcher Jason Castro.

Heyman also notes that there's significant competition, so they could have trouble landing him. We can rule out the Astros as a potential fit now that they have acquired Brian McCann, but the Braves and Twins are among the teams who have been linked to him in recent days. Castro batted just .210/.307/.377 with 11 home runs over 113 games this past season, but he's highly-regarded for his contributions behind the plate.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 07:41:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that free agent catcher Jason Castro could still return to the Astros.

Cotillo reported earlier on Wednesday that five other (mystery) teams are also pursuing Castro. The Braves and Twins could be among that lot, with ESPN's Buster Olney tabbing Atlanta as "among the most serious bidders" for Castro's services. The veteran backstop hit just .211/.307/.377 with 11 homers and 32 RBI over 329 at-bats this past season.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 06:38:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that free agent catcher Jason Castro has multiple offers on the table.

Cotillo also hears that five teams are in the mix for Castro. Per ESPN's Buster Olney, we know that the Braves are being aggressive in their pursuit. The Twins have also been mentioned as a fit. It sounds like Castro's representatives might be trying to force a quick resolution here.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 01:34:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves are "among the most serious bidders" for free agent catcher Jason Castro.

The Braves have already added a pair of veterans (Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey) to their rotation and continue to aim high for another starter, but they have also made upgrading behind the plate a priority this winter. Many have speculated on Matt Wieters as a potential fit, but Castro should obviously come with a lighter price tag. The 29-year-old was an All-Star back in 2013, but he owns an underwhelming .660 OPS (84 OPS+) since.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 12:41:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins and Jason Castro's agent "agreed to reconvene" next week.

Berardino says that the two sides' first meeting this week was about "general needs and wants," so it doesn't appear that they're one of the three teams that's made the catcher an offer. There does appear to be legitimate interest, though, and the Twins desperately need a catcher.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 02:20:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Jason Castro has at least three offers from American League teams.

One of the clubs might be the Twins, as it's been reported that they have interest in the backstop. Castro is coming off a season where he batted just .210/.307/.377 with 11 home runs, but his defense and pitch-framing ability are viewed as strengths. He'll turn 30 next June.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 10:40:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Jason Castro
2John Ryan Murphy
3Chris Gimenez
4Dan Rohlfing
5Eddy Rodriguez
1B1Joe Mauer
2Matt Hague
3Ben Paulsen
2B1Brian Dozier
2Tommy Field
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3Ehire Adrianza
4Benji Gonzalez
3B1Miguel Sano
LF1Robbie Grossman
2Eddie Rosario
CF1Byron Buxton
2Danny Santana
3Drew Stubbs
4J.B. Shuck
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
S1Ervin Santana
2Phil Hughes
3Hector Santiago
4Kyle Gibson
5Jose Berrios
6Justin Haley
7Tyler Duffey
8Adalberto Mejia
9Nick Tepesch
Relief Pitcher
R1Brandon Kintzler
2Ryan Pressly
3Glen Perkins
4Michael Tonkin
5Taylor Rogers
6Buddy Boshers
7Craig Breslow
8Ryan O'Rourke
9Matt Belisle
10Trevor May
11Drew Rucinski
12Nick Greenwood
13Alex Wimmers
14Raul Fernandez