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.
The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
As all three starting outfield jobs in Tampa Bay are spoken for, Bourjos is looking at a bench role to open the 2017 regular season. Last season with the Phillies, Bourjos hit .251/.292/.389 with 20 doubles, 23 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 383 plate appearances. The bat is still weak, but he also still plays solid defense and runs the bases well.
The Reds claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Tuesday.
Gennett, who turns 27 years old on May 1, was expendable as the Brewers planned to use Jonathan Villar on an everyday basis at second base. He’ll provide infield depth in Cincinnati.
Over parts of four seasons in the majors, Gennett has hit .279/.318/.420 with 35 home runs and 160 RBI in 1,637 plate appearances.