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Rangers acquire Welington Castillo, expected to decline 2020 option

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On Thursday, the Rangers announced that the club acquired catcher Welington Castillo and international slot money ($250,000) from the White Sox in exchange for minor leaguer Jonah McReynolds. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand says the Rangers are expected to decline Castillo’s $8 million club option for the 2020 season, instead buying him out for $500,000.

Obviously, the acquisition of Castillo was all about the international slot money. They essentially converted $500,000 of non-applicable cash into $250,000 international cash. The Rangers aren’t novel for doing it, but it’s still funny to see when it happens.

Castillo, 32, will soon become a free agent. This past season with the White Sox, he hit .209/.267/.417 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI in 251 plate appearances serving as the understudy to James McCann behind the plate.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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