Updated 9:45am CDT – According to Mark Gonzales, the Cubs will receive a prospect for Castillo. Gonzales did not provide a name in his report. Welington Castillo is expected to be the back-up to Mariners’ starting catcher Mike Zunino.
According to multiple reports, the Cubs have traded catcher Welington Castillo to the Seattle Mariners.
Jeff Passan reported the trade that has been confirmed by ESPN Chicago, Bruce Levine and David Kaplan. There has not been confirmation from the Cubs or any indication on what the Cubs have received for Castillo.
Keeping three catchers on the active roster was not sustainable, no matter how the Cubs tried to spin it. With Miguel Montero and David Ross on the active roster there was not enough room for Castillo. The Cubs have C Rafael Lopez on the 40-man roster in the event either Montero or Ross land on the disabled list.
Welington Castillo batted .163/.234/.349 in 24 games this season with two doubles and two home runs for a .583 OPS. Castillo hit .237/.296/.389 in 110 games last year with 19 doubles, 13 home runs and a .686 OPS.
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