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Orioles sign catcher, Welington Castillo

Orioles sign catcher, Welington Castillo

BY TYLER BYRUM

The Baltimore Orioles have signed catcher, Welington Castillo to a one-year deal.

Castillo is reported to receive $6 million in 2017 with a player-option to be worth $7 million in 2018.

Castillo will come to Baltimore in his eighth season in the majors after making stops at four other teams. Most recently he was the starting catcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks this past season and a half. With the Diamondbacks in 2016, he had his best year bringing in a career-high in hits (110), doubles (24), RBIs (14).

In his career he is batting .255 with a slugging percentage of .318. He has hit 60 homeruns and brought in 230 RBIs, a majority of which was with the Chicago Cubs in the first five years of his career. 

Adding Castillo will be the third catcher on the Orioles roster with Caleb Joseph and Francisco Pena.

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This is coming with Matt Wieters being a free-agent this off-season and the club failing, so far, to get a deal in place. Wieters has spent his entire eight year career in Baltimore, with the four-time All-Star earning two Golden Gloves. The team failed to make qualifying offer back to Wieters' back in November after making one to Mark Trumbo. 

While the Orioles and Wieters have not officially parted ways, Baltimore appears to adding Castillo as a backup if Wieters were not to return in 2017. 

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini's two home runs power O's past Nationals

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini's two home runs power O's past Nationals

The Orioles earned a Beltway Series split with a 9-2 win over the Nationals Wednesday night. Here's the latest Orioles news. 

Player Updates:

Trey Mancini launched two home runs, drove in three runs, and scored three more in the victory. The 27-year-old now has 19 homers on the season. 

LF Anthony Santander and 3B Rio Ruiz chipped in with two RBI apiece, the O's scoring eight unanswered runs off the Nats bullpen in the seventh and eighth innings. 

Gabriel Ynoa earned his first win of the season after pitching 4.1 innings of one-run ball out of the bullpen, Mychal Givens picking up his eighth save. Starter Aaron Brooks went just 2.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks. 

Injuries:

SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List

Coming Up:

Friday 7/19: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Saturday 7/20: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Sunday 7/21: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Source: Rotoworld

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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

One of the coolest things about Minor League Baseball is the creativity that comes with it.

The stadiums. The ice cream deals. The interesting mascots. And most importantly, the uniforms.

The Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, released special uniforms they will be wearing on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.

And, oh wow, are they something. Take a look.

On the front of the uniform, you can see the image of where lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the lunar surface of the moon. On the back, a satellite view of the moon is pictured, with the player's number on top of it. Both the number and the cursive "Baysox" on the front are filled in with the American flag.

If you're looking for some to do on Saturday, go support the Baysox and their Moon Landing uniforms. If only there was a jersey giveaway.

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