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Old 12-01-2017, 01:45 PM
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Default Sox sign Wellington Castillo

Two years plus an option.

Edit: Should be Welington.
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Old 12-01-2017, 01:52 PM
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Old 12-01-2017, 01:53 PM
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I like this move a lot. Beef is a high floor guy and I assume they'll platoon him with Omar Narvaez. He could also be a very valuable flip piece at the deadline.
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Old 12-01-2017, 01:53 PM
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Great signing IMO. Provides a bridge to Collins and if we contend a year early (2019) it'll be awfully nice to have a catcher that isn't a black hole. And if Collins is ready early and/or the Sox are still bad in 2019, Castillo could be traded to a contender easily enough.
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Old 12-01-2017, 01:55 PM
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Two years plus an option.

Edit: Should be Welington.
I disagree. It should be Wellington. His parents got it wrong.
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Old 12-01-2017, 01:55 PM
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Glad they brought in a veteran catcher to add stability to the position. We've been missing production from there since A.J. left. I don't know if he'll be able to repeat his success from last year, but at least the young pitchers will have someone experienced to work with.
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Old 12-01-2017, 01:59 PM
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I dont see the need to spend 15mm on a catcher for the next two years.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:01 PM
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I absolutely love this move.

Veteran catcher to help young pitching, really nice pop in his bat, sets up a platoon with Collins (LH hitting option) to phase him in when he's ready and possibly a veteran catcher to mentor him a bit.

I really hope we keep Abreu and Avi- we may not be a solid contender in 2018-19, but the team played ~.500 ball following the trade deadline and taking that team and adding Castillo and a few bullpen arms, and I think this can be a respectable team (outside shot at a wild card if they have the horseshoe for a season) with out bastardizing the rebuild strategy.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:05 PM
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I dont see the need to spend 15mm on a catcher for the next two years.
To assist in the development of precious assets like Giolito, Lopez, Fulmer, Kopech, etc. and mentoring Collins when he's called up.

The payroll is made up mostly of guys at/close to the major league minimum- so plenty of room on the payroll for a move like this.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:09 PM
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To assist in the development of precious assets like Giolito, Lopez, Fulmer, Kopech, etc. and mentoring Collins when he's called up.

The payroll is made up mostly of guys at/close to the major league minimum- so plenty of room on the payroll for a move like this.

I remember him as not being a good defensive catcher, handling of pitchers we have no idea, just because hes a veteran doesnt mean hes good at handling.

Id use the money on relief, easier to flip relief.
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I dont see the need to spend 15mm on a catcher for the next two years.
7.5/yr is peanuts these days. They'd pay as much for a stopgap SP.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:12 PM
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7.5/yr is peanuts these days. They'd pay as much for a stopgap SP.
And Smith is good enough at minimum.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:12 PM
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Itís a perfect contract length to bridge the team to the 2020 ETA of Zack Collins, with an option year in case Collins needs to repeat AAA.
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With Geo Soto moving on and Dioner Navarro long gone, Castillo fills the critical "former Cub back-up catcher" role.


Anyway, I kinda liked Kevan Smith.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:31 PM
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I remember him as not being a good defensive catcher, handling of pitchers we have no idea, just because hes a veteran doesnt mean hes good at handling.

Id use the money on relief, easier to flip relief.
I'm not sure about pitcher handling- I am going to assume he's an upgrade over Smith and his 1 year of major league experience.

Huge upgrade in caught stealing- Castillo threw out 49% of attempted steals in 2017, K. Smith threw out 13%.

Still room on the payroll to pick up a few bullpen arms- this is only a little more than we spent on D. Holland or Pelfry in 2017- not a big salary by today's standards.
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