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Welington Castillo | Catcher | #29

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / CHC
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Orioles signed C Welington Castillo to a one-year, $6 million contract with a $7 million player option for 2018.
The deal was first reported on Wednesday and is now official after Castillo passed his physical. The catcher had a monster April for the Diamondbacks last season but was so-so after that, ultimately finishing with a .264/.322/.423 batting line with 14 home runs and 68 RBI over 113 games. He's in a good spot for fantasy value, as Camden Yards is an even better park for right-handed power than Chase Field was. Fri, Dec 16, 2016 09:30:00 AM

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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles have signed free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

It's a one-year, $6 million deal with a $7 million player option for a second year. Castillo has been linked to the Orioles ever since being non-tendered by the Diamondbacks. Now that it's done, we know that Matt Wieters' tenure in Baltimore is officially over. Castillo, who turns 30 in April, batted .264/.322/.423 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI over 113 games with the Diamondbacks this past season. Baltimore should be a good spot for fantasy purposes.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 03:15:00 PM

Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that it's not "more likely" that Welington Castillo signs with a team other than the Orioles.

It had been looking like the two sides were possibly closing in on a contract, but Connolly says negotiations "apparently haven’t progressed" recently. Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reported Sunday that Castillo was wanting a three-year contract and the O's only wanted to offer two, so that could be the sticking point. The Orioles have also been connected to Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta, and they haven't totally dismissed the possibility of bringing back Matt Wieters.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 07:00:00 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles are willing to give Welington Castillo a two-year contract.

Castillo is holding out for three, so they'll need to bridge the gap. Perhaps a two-year contract with an option for a third year could be agreeable. Kubatko writes that the Orioles "remain the favorites" to sign Castillo after he was surprisingly non-tendered by the Diamondbacks.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 02:09:00 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Welington Castillo is looking for a three-year contract.

It might be why he hasn't signed with the Orioles yet, as they'd probably like to get him on a shorter deal with top prospect Chance Sisco not far away. Landing in Baltimore would be a boon for Castillo's fantasy value, as Camden Yards is an even better park for right-handed power than Chase Field was. Castillo has popped 33 home runs over the last two seasons.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 08:33:00 AM

Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that Welington Castillo has emerged as the Orioles' top catching target.

The Orioles don't want to head into the season with Caleb Joseph as their primary catcher and they've expressed interest in other free agent catchers such as Nick Hundley as well. Castillo, who was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks last week, and his representatives have reportedly been in discussions with the Orioles since the winter meetings ended with expressed optimism that a multi-year deal could get done.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 07:08:00 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Wednesday that the club has interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports first reported the club's interest after Castillo was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks late last week. The Rays have reached an agreement with Wilson Ramos, taking one potential suitor out of the mix for Castillo. With Matt Wieters on the free agent market, Showalter also acknowledged that the club has discussed a possible reunion with Nick Hundley. Michael Bourn and Michael Saunders were also mentioned as outfield targets.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 03:12:00 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

They join the Braves and Rays as clubs that are already known to have interest in the backstop that was cut loose by the Diamondbacks on Friday. With Matt Wieters not expected to return, the O's are currently set to open the season with Caleb Joseph as their primary catcher unless they bring another option in through trade or free agency. They have also expressed interest in Nick Hundley.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 02:23:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays, as well as other clubs, have expressed interest in Welington Castillo.

Castillo was a surprising non-tender by the Diamondbacks on Friday and should be able to land himself a multi-year deal in free agency. Given the struggles of the Rays' trio of catchers in 2016 (Curt Casali, Luke Maile, Bobby Wilson), Castillo would represent a significant upgrade in terms of offense.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 11:09:00 AM

Diamondbacks non-tendered C Welington Castillo.

This move comes as quite a surprise, as Castillo was the club's starting catcher and coming off of a fine offensive season where he slashed .264/.322/.423 with 14 homers and 68 RBI in 457 plate appearances. Chris Herrmann now ascends to the top of the depth chart, but it's incredibly likely that the D'Backs will now add another backstop either through trade or free agency. As for Castillo, he was projected to earn around $6 million in arbitration, but now suddenly becomes one of the most appealing catchers on the free agent market.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 07:16:00 PM

Welington Castillo is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday due to a sore shoulder.

It's the second straight game he's sat out, as Castillo has taken a bunch of foul tips of late. Tuffy Gosewisch is catching Sunday.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 01:25:00 PM

Welington Castillo rejoined the starting lineup Friday and went 1-for-2 with two walks.

Castillo missed a couple of starts because of quad tightness.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 01:43:00 AM

Welington Castillo launched his 13th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Giants on Sunday.

His solo shot in the eighth inning pulled the D'Backs to within a pair at 5-3, but that's as close as they would come. He also delivered an RBI single in the fifth inning, finishing the day 2-for-4 with two RBI. Castillo is now hitting .272/.326/.442 with 13 long balls and 63 RBI on the season.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 07:36:00 PM

Welington Castillo has been scratched from the lineup in advance of Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

No word as to whether Castillo has come down injured or if this was simply a last minute switch for game reasons. Chris Herrmann will take his place at catcher and is hitting seventh.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 08:55:00 PM

Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with a two-run single in Tuesday's win over the Giants.

Castillo came through with a two-run single to cap off a four-run fifth inning against Johnny Cueto. The pair of RBI boosted his season total to 56. He is working to a .278/.334/.449 triple-slash across 344 at-bats and has been swinging a molten stick of late, with multi-hit efforts in six of his last 10 games and nine RBI in his last four.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 01:42:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2Caleb Joseph
3Audry Perez
1B1Chris Davis
2Jesus Montero
3Chris Johnson
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1J.J. Hardy
2Robert Andino
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
3Juan Francisco
LF1Hyun Soo Kim
2Joey Rickard
3Aneury Tavarez
CF1Adam Jones
2Michael Bourn
3Logan Schafer
RF1Seth Smith
2Anthony Santander
3Dariel Alvarez
DH1Mark Trumbo
2Trey Mancini
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Kevin Gausman
3Dylan Bundy
4Ubaldo Jimenez
5Wade Miley
6Mike Wright
7Joe Gunkel
8Chris Lee
9Gabriel Ynoa
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Darren O'Day
3Brad Brach
4Mychal Givens
5Oliver Drake
6Donnie Hart
7Logan Ondrusek
8Tyler Wilson
9Logan Verrett
10Vidal Nuno
11Jayson Aquino
12Richard Bleier
13Jesus Liranzo
14Nate Adcock