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Welington Castillo | Catcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Cubs and C Welington Castillo avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.1 million contract.
It's a sizable raise for the backstop in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Castillo is currently without a job after the Cubs traded for Miguel Montero and signed David Ross. He'd be best off getting dealt elsewhere. Jan 16 - 11:01 AM

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The Diamondbacks have had discussions about acquiring Welington Castillo from the Cubs.

The Cubs were hesitant to discuss Castillo during the discussions leading up to the Miguel Montero trade, but have opened up to the idea in recent weeks. If the Diamondbacks are unable to acquire a catcher, they'll head into the season with only Tuffy Gosewisch and Oscar Hernandez behind the plate.
Jan 10 - 10:04 AM

The Cubs continue to let teams know Welington Castillo is available for trade, sources tell Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com.

The acquisition of Miguel Montero and the signing of David Ross have effectively ended Castillo's time in Chicago. The backstop batted .237 with a .686 OPS last season but is a year removed from hitting .274/.349/.397 as the Cubs' primary catcher. Murray lists the Rangers and Diamondbacks as two possible suitors for the 27-year-old, saying the "buzz" is that the Rangers have been targeting him in trade talks recently. Castillo is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason.
Jan 7 - 7:03 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Cubs will now likely look to trade Welington Castillo.

Passan hears that the Cubs explored deals for Castillo while they were pursuing Russell Martin and they'll revisit them now that they have a deal in place to acquire Miguel Montero from the Diamondbacks. Castillo turns 28 in April and batted .237/.296/.389 with 13 home runs and 46 RBI over 110 games this past season. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 04:40:00 PM

Welington Castillo came through with a walk-off single in the 10th inning Tuesday, leading the Cubs to a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

With runners on the corners and two outs, Castillo lifted a fly ball to right center that fell beyond Peter Bourjos' reach and sent the Cubs home happy. That was after he hit a two-run home run in the second inning, his 13th homer of the year. It was a nice highlight for the catcher, who is batting .241/.300/.397 on the season.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 12:30:00 AM

Welington Castillo (ribs) homered Sunday in his return to the Cubs' starting lineup.

It was an eighth-inning solo shot off Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez. Castillo suffered a right rib contusion on Friday, but it's obviously feeling better now. The 27-year-old catcher has 12 home runs this season.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 04:12:00 AM

Welington Castillo (ribs) is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

Castillo exited Friday's game in the first inning after sustaining a right rib contusion. John Baker will get the call behind the dish and hit eighth against Roberto Hernandez on Saturday.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Welington Castillo has been diagnosed with a left rib contusion.

Castillo exited Friday's game in the first inning with the injury. He'll be re-evaluated before it's determined how much time he might miss.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 04:12:00 PM

Welington Castillo left Friday's game against the Dodgers with an apparent back injury.

Castillo appeared to tweak his back in the top of the first inning and was pinch-hit for by Rafael Lopez in the bottom of the frame. The Cubs should have more on Castillo's status later Friday.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 03:02:00 PM

Welington Castillo singled and drew a walk in his return to action Saturday.

Castillo had to be scratched from Friday's lineup with lower back tightness, but he was back out there the next day. It shouldn't be an issue moving forward.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 05:50:00 AM

Welington Castillo was scratched from Friday's lineup with lower back tightness.

It doesn't appear to be a big deal, as Castillo is being listed as day-to-day. John Backer will catch Tsuyoshi Wada instead.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 01:00:00 PM

Welington Castillo had an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

Castillo doubled in a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, coming around to score on Arismendy Alcantara's home run. Castillo is hitting .231/.291/.382 with 38 RBI on the year.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 11:35:00 PM

Welington Castillo homered and drove in three runs on Monday.

Castillo did all of his damage against Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson. He hit an RBI single in the second and smacked a two-run homer in the fourth. The home run was his eleventh and the three RBI brought him up to 37 on the year. Castillo's got some pop in his bat, but he's slashing just .231/.292/.381 this season.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 05:17:00 PM

Welington Castillo hit his 10th home run of the season, going 2-for-4 overall, as the Cubs fell to the Giants on Thursday.

Castillo ripped a solo home run in the first inning off of Madison Bumgarner, going back-to-back with Justin Ruggiano and extending the Cubs' lead to 3-1. Along with the 10 dingers, Castillo has driven in 34 runs and posted a .237/.302/.390 slash line.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 12:29:00 AM

Welington Castillo hit his eighth home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

Castillo hit the home run, a solo shot, in the sixth inning. He also drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk, one of his two walks on the night. The catcher has struggled at the dish this year, hitting .236/.301/.386 in 72 games, but he's walked six times in his last three games, a sign that he may be getting locked in at the plate.
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 01:09:00 AM