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Chicago White Sox sign Welington Castillo

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Chicago White Sox have signed free agent catcher Welington Castillo. The deal is for two years with a club option. The deal is for $15 million guaranteed and $8 million on the third year option.

Castillo hit .282/.323/.490 last year with 20 home runs in 96 games for the Orioles last year. Chicago is not new to him, as he came up and played with the Cubs for six seasons before stops in Arizona, Seattle and Baltimore. For his career he’s a .259/.319/.428 hitter, which gives him an even 100 OPS+. That’s pretty useful if your defense is good. Last year he led the AL in gunning down 49% of would-be base stealers. His framing was excellent in 2017 too, though in the past, not so much.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.