Reports: Castillo signs deal with White Sox - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Dan Connolly

Reports: Castillo signs deal with White Sox

Catcher Welington Castillo made a decision earlier this offseason that his solid overall season in 2017 would make him worth more on the open market than the $7 million player option he held with the Orioles for 2018.

So, he rolled the dice, declined the option and became a free agent.

And, according to various reports Friday, the slight gamble paid off as Castillo agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Chicago White Sox that includes an $8 million option for 2020.

Castillo, 30, hit a career-best 20 homers while batting .282 in 365 plate appearances with the Orioles last year. He also set his career-high for a full season by throwing out 49 percent of would-be basestealers.

The Orioles signed Castillo to a one-year, $6 million deal (with the player option) last December after Castillo was non-tendered by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Castillo lost some time last year due to injuries, but for the most part turned in a solid season. With a strong second half, the Orioles expected Castillo to become a free agent this winter.

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And though they appreciated his services, the club seems content with Caleb Joseph and rookie Chance Sisco as its primary catching options for 2018. Although, the Orioles could add a veteran catcher to serve as a backup in case Sisco is not ready defensively for the majors at the start of 2018.

The Athletic first reported news of the signing and Yahoo Sports added contract details.

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