Bartolo Colon made headlines and made himself the butt of jokes
earlier this week after the portly right-hander somehow went missing
while rehabbing his injured knee at Triple-A. Colon finally resurfaced
Wednesday and tossed five innings of one-run ball last night, but not before Ozzie Guillen offered up his theory on what happened:
I worry about Colon because Colon was a big-time Michael Jackson
fan. He might [watch] the TV and cry all day long. Maybe he is in Los
Angeles at his funeral, because I can’t find him. When he gets to
Charlotte, Oney [Guillen’s son] will call me to say he’s there. Nobody
knows how big of a Jackson fan Colon was. I’m serious. He might be
depressed a little bit.
Since reading that quote I haven’t been able to shake the disturbing
image of Colon wearing nothing but one white glove while doing the
moonwalk back and forth in a Charlotte motel as “Billie Jean” plays in
the background. And now you can try to to scrub that thought from your
brain too. Good luck!
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.
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.