Former Orioles catcher Welington Castillo agrees to two-year deal with White Sox

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Former Orioles catcher Welington Castillo, who used a strong 2017 to rebuild his value, has signed a two-year deal with the Chicago White Sox, the team announced.

Castillo's deal also has a team option for the third year. The deal is worth $15 million guaranteed, with an $8 million option for 2020.

The veteran catcher, who signed with the Orioles last December shortly after the Arizona Diamondbacks did not tender him a contract, had a $7 million player option to stay with the Orioles for the 2018 season. He declined it shortly after the World Series to hit the market again.

Still, the one-year, $6 million deal he played on in 2017 worked out well for both sides. Castillo hit .282 with an .813 OPS and 20 home runs in 96 games, with his playing time cut short by a shoulder problem and a testicular injury caused by a deflected baseball behind the plate.

Castillo was seeking more regular playing time. In the second half of 2017, he split time evenly with Caleb Joseph and the Orioles have been open about their desire to work rookie Chance Sisco into a major league role next season.

As it stands, those two will be the front runners to break camp as the Orioles' primary catching pair for 2018.


Joseph hit .256 with a .700 OPS and eight home runs last season, while Sisco, one of the Orioles' top prospects, hit a pair of home runs in limited duty in September.

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