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.