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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss entire 2020 season

Yankees’ Luis Severino to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss entire 2020 season

The Yankees were dealt one of their biggest blows of the offseason Tuesday when general manager Brian Cashman announced that starter Luis Severino has a partially torn UCL that will require Tommy John surgery, ending his 2020 season before it even started.

Severino, 26, figured to be the Yankees’ No. 2 starter in a rotation that looked like one of the best in baseball just last month. The loss of Severino now raises questions for a New York group that will be without James Paxton (back surgery) and Domingo German (domestic violence suspension) for the first two months.

The Dominican right-hander was hoping to return to full strength this spring after making just three starts last season with shoulder and back injuries. He posted back-to-back top-10 AL Cy Young finishes in 2017 and 2018 with a 3.18 ERA and 450 strikeouts over that span.

New York will instead look to newly acquired ace Gerrit Cole to provide stability at the top of its rotation. Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ are the only definitive candidates to fill out the staff behind him, with Jordan Montgomery, Jonathan Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia, Michael King and Luis Cessa among the candidates to compete for the remaining two spots.

The Orioles will face the Yankees to open the season March 26-29. While there’s little doubt Cole would’ve started Opening Day even if Severino was healthy, Baltimore would’ve still likely seen Severino in that series.

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Chris Davis is opening up spring training with a bang

Chris Davis is opening up spring training with a bang

SARASOTA, Fla. — Chris Davis doesn't look fondly on his past few years in Baltimore. 

He hasn’t hit better than .221 since the 2015 season, and his on-base percentage hasn’t eclipsed .300 in the last two seasons. His trademark power, too, has dissipated each season.

But after an offseason where he considered retirement, Davis added 25 pounds of muscle and has a clear mind. And through the first few games of spring training, he’s off to a good start. 

Davis hit a home run Tuesday against the Rays, his first bolt of the spring, and was promptly taken out. In just five at-bats this spring, he’s reached safely all five times and has drawn three walks, hit a single and then his home run. 

Davis’ home run totals have decreased every season from 2015, when he hit 47 long balls, to 2019, when he hit just 12 — his lowest total since 2011 when he hit just five. 

At 33-years-old, Davis is looking to revitalize his career with three years left on a seven-year, $161 million contract.

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