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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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The Cubs are considering carrying Welington Castillo as their third catcher.
Castillo was the team’s starting catcher the last two seasons, but they added Miguel Montero and David Ross over the winter. Given that Castillo is out of options, it’s not a surprise to hear the Cubs saying they’re thinking of keeping him on the roster, as he would be scooped up quickly on waivers. It remains possible that he’s traded somewhere where he can play more. Mar 17 - 10:57 PM
Source: Cubs.mlb.com

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Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs are still actively looking to trade Welington Castillo.

It's no secret that Castillo is being shopped, as there is no room for the 27-year-old backstop on the roster after acquiring Miguel Montero and David Ross over the offseason. Barring an injury to one of the other catchers during spring training, it's a near certainty that Castillo will be donning a new jersey come Opening Day.
Feb 20 - 11:49 PM

CSN Chicago's David Kaplan expects the Cubs to have traded Welington Castillo before spring training opens in mid-February.

Kaplan lists the Phillies, among others, as having interest in the 27-year-old. Despite being a decent backstop, the Cubs likely won't get much for Castillo after trying to trade him for close to a month.
Feb 4 - 11:21 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Welington Castillo
4Taylor Teagarden
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Arismendy Alcantara
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3Chris Valaika
3B1Tommy La Stella
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
2Junior Lake
3Mike Baxter
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Travis Wood
6Tsuyoshi Wada
7Jacob Turner
8Felix Doubront
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6Brian Schlitter
7Phil Coke
8Edwin Jackson
9Zach Rosscup
10Drake Britton
11Anthony Carter
12Jorge De Leon
13Daniel Bard