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Jason Castro | Catcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/18/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 216
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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According to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, the Cubs talked to the Astros earlier this offseason about a trade for catcher Jason Castro.
That was before the Cubs landed Miguel Montero from the Diamondbacks. They're all set now. Castro declined a contract extension last winter and can become a free agent two years from now, so it makes sense that the Astros would be listening to offers. The 27-year-old backstop batted just .222/.286/.366 in 126 games this past season, but he had a tremendous 2013. Dec 11 - 3:39 PM

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The Astros and Jason Castro haven't discussed a contract extension yet this offseason, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the club is open to extensions, but Castro hasn't been one of those engaged to this point. Drellich notes that the team did extend an offer to Castro last winter, with Castro declining the proposal. The 27-year-old may be more inclined to consider a deal this time around after struggling to a .222/.286/.366 line this past season. Castro's name has also appeared in some trade rumors this hot stove season.
Nov 18 - 11:01 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the White Sox are a "team to watch" in a potential Jason Castro trade.

Cotillo notes that Chicago general manager Rick Hahn "has been enamored with Castro for a while." Tyler Flowers hit 15 homers for the White Sox this season, but he's a career .218/.287/.382 batter and Castro, at least offensively, would be a notable upgrade. The Astros are reportedly willing to listen to offers for Castro following the acquisition of Hank Conger.
Nov 14 - 2:22 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the Astros may trade a catcher over the offseason.

"Because we have three major league catchers, I’ve had clubs inquire about all our catchers quite frankly," Luhnow said. "I think if you look at it, the chances of us carrying all three of those guys on the 25-man roster, something else would have to give. So I think there’s at least a 50-50 chance that some way or another, we’ll have gotten that three down to two." Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported previously that the team would likely listen on Jason Castro. Max Stassi and the recently acquired Hank Conger may also be in play.
Nov 12 - 10:25 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "the feeling" in the industry is that the Astros will listen to offers for Jason Castro.

The Astros picked up Hank Conger via trade from the Angels last week and he could slide into the starting catcher spot. Castro tumbled to a .222/.286/.366 batting line this season after being an All-Star in 2013, but he still hit 14 homers and offers an above-average left-handed bat for a catcher. He's due another raise this winter in his second year of arbitration, so the Astros could elect to deal him before he gets too expensive.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 9 - 9:42 AM

Jason Castro went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Angels on Tuesday.

Castro had a sacrifice fly RBI in the Astros' four-run first inning, and he added an RBI double in the fifth. It's been a season to forget for the catcher, but he's 6-for-15 with two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI and three runs scored in his last four games. Perhaps the 27-year-old can end the season on the upswing.
Sep 3 - 12:26 AM

Jason Castro connected for a solo homer Friday against the Rangers.

Castro has now homered in back-to-back games. However, with a .227/.297/.383 batting line to go along with 14 home runs and 51 RBI, he has regressed in a big way from last season.
Aug 30 - 12:35 AM

Jason Castro's fifth inning grand slam was the deciding factor in Thursday's victory over the Rangers.

Castro finished 2-for-3 with a walk and the salami. His fifth inning 420-foot shot to right field off of Roman Mendez would prove to be the only offense the Astros would muster on the evening but it was enough behind a strong start from Collin McHugh. Castro had been held hitless in each of his previous six games spanning 22 plate appearances. On the season, he has 13 home runs, 50 RBI, and a .227/.297/.377 slash line.
Aug 28 - 11:17 PM

Jason Castro went 2-for-3 with his 12th homer and a couple of walks against the Red Sox on Saturday.

Castro is a career .381 hitter in 42 at-bats against Boston, compared to .244 against everyone else. With 12 homers and 45 RBI in 99 games this year, he's nearly on pace to match last year's power numbers. However, his troubles getting on base (he's hitting .233 with a 118/29 K/BB ratio) have caused him to be dropped in the Houston order.
Aug 16 - 11:11 PM

Jason Castro went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jays.

He's now riding a five-game hitting streak. Of course, Castro's season was extremely sluggish to that point, and he's only slashing .234/.300/.398 on the year. About the only non-disappointing aspect of his game has come in the power department -- Castro is on pace for 16 homers.
Aug 3 - 12:03 AM

Jason Castro hit a two-run homer to help the Astros beat the Red Sox 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Castro also tripled in the game. He missed most of this week with discomfort in his left armpit, but the pain medication he was prescribed appears to be working. The 27-year-old catcher has eight homers and 36 RBI on the season. He's capable of a nice second half.
Jul 12 - 7:44 PM

Jason Castro (arm) went 1-for-5 with a double and a strikeout in his return to action Friday.

Castro hasn't played since Sunday due to pain in the area of his left armpit. While there was some speculation that a swollen lymph node could be the cause, he has seen improvement after receiving treatment.
Jul 12 - 12:03 AM

Jason Castro is back in the Astros' lineup Friday.

It's his first start since Sunday, as Castro has been battling pain in his left armpit. The Astros catching is sporting a .228/.303/.366 batting line with seven homers and 34 RBI over 73 games this season.
Jul 11 - 4:41 PM

Jason Castro (arm) is out of the Astros' starting lineup again on Wednesday versus the Rangers.

Castro has now missed three straight games with pain in his left armpit. The Astros still aren't exactly sure what's bothering him. He's been prescribed pain meds.
Jul 9 - 4:43 PM

Jason Castro (arm) could pinch-hit on Tuesday.

Castro was held out Monday and is not in Tuesday's starting lineup due to pain in his left armpit. He's been prescribed pain medication and should ultimately be fine.
Jul 8 - 5:06 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Hank Conger
3Max Stassi
1B1Jon Singleton
2Dan Johnson
2B1Jose Altuve
2Ronald Torreyes
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Jonathan Villar
3B1Matt Dominguez
LF1Jake Marisnick
2L.J. Hoes
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Alex Presley
RF1George Springer
2Robbie Grossman
DH1Chris Carter
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Scott Feldman
2Dallas Keuchel
3Collin McHugh
4Brett Oberholtzer
5Brad Peacock
6Samuel Deduno
7Vince Velasquez
8Michael Feliz
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Pat Neshek
3Chad Qualls
4Josh Fields
5Tony Sipp
6Darin Downs
7Jake Buchanan
8Will Harris
9Kevin Chapman
10Michael Foltynewicz