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Welington Castillo Reaches Agreement With White Sox

Welington Castillo Reaches Agreement With White Sox

The Chicago White Sox and veteran catcher Welington Castillo have agreed to a deal, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports.

The Dominican Republic native enjoyed the best season of his eight-year career as a member of the Baltimore Orioles in 2017, batting.282 with a.813 OPS and 20 home runs in 96 games. The deal is worth $15 million guaranteed, with an $8 million option for 2020, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo!

Left-handed hitting Omar Narvaez and right-handed hitting Kevan Smith shared catching duty evenly last season for the Sox.

Castillo spent a year-plus with the Arizona Diamondbacks prior to his Baltimore stint, bashing 31 homers and accounting for a 3.8 WAR over the course of 193 games with the National League West ball club. Although both players were productive, they don't have the same major league experience as Castillo.

In 2015 Maddon managed Castillo, who played for the Cubs from 2010-15.

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According to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, the Sox attempted to sign Castillo last offseason but were outbid by the Orioles.

The White Sox continue on their multi-year rebuilding plan, but can afford to take a chance on a mid-range free agent to provide some stability behind the plate.

Farquhar avoided arbitration with the White Sox by agreeing to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.

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