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Orioles sign catcher Welington Castillo to a one-year deal

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles have signed catcher Welington Castillo to a one-year contract. He’ll earn $6 million for the 2017 season and has a player option for 2018 worth $7 million.

The Diamondbacks non-tendered Castillo earlier this month rather than take him through the arbitration process. This past season, Castillo hit .264/.322/.423 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI in 457 plate appearances in Arizona. Defensively, Castillo has some good marks and some bad marks. He’s average at throwing out runners but doesn’t have great pitch framing numbers.

With Castillo in Baltimore, this all but ends any chance of Matt Wieters sticking around.

Astros claim Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.

Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.