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Dan Connolly

A deeper look at what the Orioles have to sell — and who’d actually bring back a solid haul

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Catcher Welington Castillo

The 30-year-old Castillo has done a solid job as the club’s starting catcher. But the Orioles’ top overall prospect is Norfolk’s Chance Sisco, meanwhile current backup, Caleb Joseph, has re-established himself as big league hitter. With Sisco knocking on the door and Joseph a solid alternative, Castillo is expendable. But this one gets tricky. Castillo has a $7 million player option for 2018, and you’d think he’d exercise it after a solid but unspectacular 2017 campaign that’s been interrupted twice by DL stints. Also, there aren’t many contenders that need a starting catcher, but a couple could use Castillo’s bat while having him split time behind the plate. That the Orioles probably will be on the hook for Castillo’s $7 million next year unless he is dealt means the club likely will accept a minimal return for his services if it finds a taker.

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