According to a report from Mark Gonzales, the Cubs and catcher Welington Castillo agreed to terms Friday on a one-year contract for $2.1 million.
Welington Castillo is the third arbitration eligible player to agree to terms with the Cubs for the 2015 season. Felix Doubront ($1.925 million) and Chris Coghlan ($2.505 million) have also agreed to terms. The Cubs have four arbitration eligible players left to sign for the 2015 season … Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, Luis Valbuena and Travis Wood.
Theo Epstein addressed the Welington Castillo rumors Friday morning during an interview on MLB Network with Steve Phillips and Todd Hollandsworth.
Epstein did not rule out the Cubs starting Spring Training with Castillo on the roster. Epstein explained with Castillo on the roster, he would give the team insurance in case either Miguel Montero or David Ross was sidelined for a significant amount of time with an injury.
The Cubs have listened to trade proposals for Castillo, but nothing has come to fruition. The Cubs like having the depth at catcher, but Epstein would not rule out trading Castillo.
Welington Castillo made $530,000 and he ended up in the middle of the estimated $2-2.3 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
Welington Castillo is coming off another inconsistent year both offensively and defensively. Castillo showed signs of how could he can be but didn’t take the steps forward the front office was hoping for last season. And those are the reasons the Cubs traded for Miguel Montero and signed David Ross.
Castillo’s days with the Cubs appear to be numbered. And avoiding arbitration with the Cubs should only help trade him to improve areas of the roster the front office is trying to address.
Castillo hit .237/.296/.389 in 110 games with 19 doubles and 13 home runs. He had a strong finish to the year, batting .286/.333/.492 in September, but spent time on the disabled list again.
Welington Castillo threw out 33 percent of would be basestealers while allowing 37 wild pitches and seven passed balls. And Castillo did not make the improvements as a receiver the front office was hoping he would the second full season as the team’s primary catcher.