Ozzie Guillen pukes every time he goes to Wrigley

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I
don’t know how White Sox fans feel about things, but those of us who
don’t care if they win or lose never, ever want Ozzie Guillen to be
fired, because if he was, a true national treasure would be lost. Here’s Guillen yesterday on the Sox’ annual trek to Wrigley Field:

“But
one thing about Wrigley Field, I puke every time I go there. That’s
just to be honest. And if Cub fans don’t like the way I talk about
Wrigley Field, it’s just Wrigley Field. I don’t say anything about the
fans or anything now. But Wrigley Field, they got to respect my
opinion. That’s the way I feel.”

I went to Wrigley Field and
sat in the bleachers once, and I can tell you: Many Cubs fans puke when
they go there too. Though it probably has less to do with the
architecture than it does the Old Style.

Ozzie also has an
opinion about former teammate Jack McDowell, who had some harsh words
in his blog (McDowell has a blog? Really?) for Guillen’s treatment of
rookie Gordon Beckham:

I know Chicago better than Jack
McDowell. I know Chicago better than (Gordon) Beckham. I just try to
get fans and media to let this kid alone and let him play the game.
It’s kind of funny because everyone has their opinion and you think
people who know about baseball, all of a sudden surprise you that they
don’t. When people have little knowledge about the game, all of a
sudden you turn around like, ‘oh, I guess he don’t know (bleep) about
baseball.’ “

Ozzie Guillen is totally the best.

Orioles are eying Welington Castillo as their primary catcher target

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 25: Welington Castillo #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks warms up prior to taking an at bat against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 25, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
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A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.

Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.

For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.

Report: Phillies agree to minor league deal with Daniel Nava

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 12:  Daniel Nava #12 of the Kansas City Royals bats during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Phillies reportedly signed veteran outfielder Daniel Nava to a minor league contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Nava began the season on a one-year contract with the Angels, during which he slashed .235/.309/.303 through 136 PA in the first half of 2016. He was flipped to the Royals in late August for a player to be named later and saw the remainder of his year go down the drain on an .091 average through 12 PA in Anaheim. After getting the boot from the Angels’ 40-man roster in November, the 33-year-old outfielder elected free agency.

Nava is expected to compete for a bench role on the Phillies’ roster in the spring. As it currently stands, the club’s projected 2017 outfield features Howie Kendrick and Odubel Herrera, with precious little depth behind them. Nava’s bat is underwhelming, but at the very least he offers the Phillies a warm body in left field and a potential platoon partner for one of their younger options, a la Tyler Goeddel or Roman Quinn.