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Orioles officially sign catcher Welington Castillo, move on from Matt Wieters

Orioles officially sign catcher Welington Castillo, move on from Matt Wieters

BALTIMORE – Free agent catcher Welington Castillo has finalized a $6 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

Castillo's agreement, announced Friday, includes a $7 million player option for 2018.

He hit .264 with 14 homers and 68 RBIs in 111 games with Arizona last season, when he made $3.7 million. The 29-year-old, who became a free agent when the Diamondbacks failed to offer a 2017 contract, is expected to take over from four-time All Star Matt Wieters, who became a free agent.

Wieters accepted a $15.8 million qualifying offer last offseason and hit .243 with 17 homers and 66 RBIs in 124 games. He was not given a $17.2 million qualifying offer last month.

Castillo represents a lower-priced option. The 29-year-old broke into the big leagues in 2010 with the Chicago Cubs and has also played with Seattle.

He has a .255 career batting average with 60 home runs and 230 RBIs over 509 games.

Wieters, the fifth overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft, has spent his entire career with Baltimore.

The switch-hitter is known for his ability to work with a pitching staff but has also been productive at the plate: He has a .256 batting average with 117 homers and 437 RBIs over eight seasons.

On Friday, manager Buck Showalter and GM Dan Duquette indicated Wieters' tenure with the Orioles is over. 

MORE ORIOLES: New Orioles catcher Welington Castillo has one big downside: framing

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez not a lock for the Opening Day roster

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez not a lock for the Opening Day roster

With Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles just a week away, here are the latest updates from Spring Training. 

Player Updates:

Infielder Renato Nunez is still sidelined with a sore biceps, and it turns out he may not be the Opening Day roster lock most expected, as the coaching staff wants to see him get more at-bats this spring.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar was released by the Orioles on the day their deadline to keep him for the season. The former Royal struggled, hitting just .219 over 32 at-bats this spring.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

3B Renato Nunez: Biceps, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Thursday 3/21: Orioles @ Pirates, 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park

Friday 3/22: Orioles @ Blue Jays, 6:07 p.m., Dunedin Stadium

Saturday 3/23: Orioles vs. Twins, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez sidelined with soreness

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez sidelined with soreness

It's just a little over a week until Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles and Spring Training is about to wrap up.

Player Updates:

Third baseman Renato Nunez took Monday off due to some right arm soreness. Although not serious, the projected starter at third is now listed as day-to-day. 

Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner had an eye-opening performance for the O's in their victory over the Tigers. Five innings, five strikeouts, three hits and one run is a good day's work.

The Orioles acquired catcher Lenin Rodriguez from the Phillies. At 20-years-old he's never made it out of the minors and the highest level he has reached is Low-A ball, where he played 21 games in 2018.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Tuesday 3/19: Orioles vs. Twins, 1:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Wednesday 3/20: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Thursday 3/21: Orioles @ Pirates, 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park

Source: Rotoworld

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