Why would anyone want to shop for Jonathan Papelbon when bargains like this exist around every corner?
Or Fernando Rodney for that matter, who is supposed to be seeking $10 million a year. Jeff Passan hears that Benoit is most likely to go to either the Indians, Cubs, Mariners, Padres or Yankees.
Less than two weeks until Christmas. Start your closer shopping now, before it’s too late!
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.