Mike Zunino

After enjoying his best offensive season, Welington Castillo controls his future with Orioles

After enjoying his best offensive season, Welington Castillo controls his future with Orioles

When the Orioles signed catcher Welington Castillo this past offseason, it was for him to serve as a stopgap until top prospect Chance Sisco was ready to assume the starting catcher role.

But the one-year, $6 million contract Castillo signed in December included a $7 million player option for next season, giving the 30-year-old the right to decide whether he returns to the Orioles in 2018.

Castillo has enjoyed his best season offensively this year — his .284 batting average, 20 homers and .815 OPS entering Saturday all were all career highs — and he reached those numbers despite playing in just 93 games. His stock has definitely increased since a year ago.

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