Ryan Doumit’s collision with Carlos Pena at home plate Sunday wasn’t nearly as scary as Buster Posey’s a few days earlier, but it did leave him with a fractured left ankle, tests Tuesday confirmed.
It’s very disappointing news for the Pirates. Not only was Doumit third on the team with a .774 OPS this season, but the club was hoping he’d build up some trade value before the July 31 deadline. Now it appears that he’s likely done through the All-Star break.
It’s just the latest mishap for Doumit, who has spent time on the disabled list each of the last six years. With a career .268/.332/.438 line, he’s long been a fine hitter. However, he’s played in 100 games just twice as a major leaguer. He had his best season in 2008, hitting .318/.357/.501 with 15 homers in 431 at-bats for Pittsburgh.
The Pirates have been looking to trade Doumit ever since they picked up Chris Snyder last year. He’s currently making $5.1 million in the final season of a three-year, $11.5 million deal. There’s a two-year, $15.5 million option on his deal for 2012-13, but the Pirates, or any team that trades for him, will buy that out for $500,000.
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.