The Orioles' pending acquisition of catcher Welington Castillo – who agreed to a one-year deal that included a player option for 2018 that guarantees him $13 million – was the proactive kind of move the club hasn’t made in recent seasons.
It also officially marks the end of the Matt Wieters era in Baltimore.
Wieters -- the team’s homegrown cornerstone backstop -- was also a free agent this offseason. And even though he was unlikely to return for 2018 and beyond, it was still a possibility if the team was willing to wait until later in the offseason.
Wieters’ agent, Scott Boras, indicated that Wieters might not sign until January. And that seemed to traditionally...