Twins lose Jason Castro for season after knee surgery

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Jason Castro‘s seemingly minor knee injury has taken him from “day-to-day” to “out 4-6 weeks” to now “done for the season,” the Twins announced Wednesday.

Castro sat out back-to-back games April 30-May 1 because of right knee soreness, but he returned to play the next three days. On May 5, he went on the DL with a meniscus tear, and surgery Monday, expected to sideline for a month or so, turned up damage quite a bit more significant than expected, ruling Castro out for the year.

Castro was valued primarily for his framing skills when the Twins gave him a three-year, $21 million contract prior to last season, and he’s hit .227/.321/.365 over 419 at-bats in the last year and a quarter. In his absence, the Twins will go with Mitch Garver and journeyman Bobby Wilson as sort of an offense-defense combo behind the plate. They have no immediate plans to seek someone better, but they’d be smart to explore any opportunities that come along.

Rays’ Díaz gets $24 million, three-year deal, avoids arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.