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Chicago White Sox sign Welington Castillo


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.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.