Jake McGee

Predicting landing spot for Welington Castillo no easy task in winter catcher market

Predicting landing spot for Welington Castillo no easy task in winter catcher market

While Welington Castillo’s decision to decline his $7-million player option to remain with the Orioles next season was expected, it was likely a more difficult one to arrive at than might be expected.

Even though Castillo put up big offensive numbers in his only season in Baltimore — he was one of just four catchers to post 20 homers and an .800 OPS — but he will now jump into an murky free-agent catching market that includes several quality veteran backstops but not many starting jobs.

Going into this offseason, most teams either already have their own established catchers behind the plate or are still committed to grooming their own young backstops. That doesn’t leave too...

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