By settling with David Ortiz moments before their arbitration hearing the Red Sox potentially saved $1.75 million compared to his requested salary, but general manager Ben Cherington said afterward that the savings likely won’t lead to another move before the start of spring training.
“I wouldn’t expect any major moves between now and Sunday,” Cherington told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. “We’re still working on some stuff. Certainly the spring training roster is mostly what it’s going to be.”
That wording certainly doesn’t rule out a signing or trade in the middle of spring training, but Bradford reports that “there’s still no traction” between the Red Sox and Roy Oswalt.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.
Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.
Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.