BY DILLON ATKINSON, @DAtkinsonOU
Baltimore may have found its new backstop for the 2017 season.
According to Robert Murray of FanRagSports.com, the Baltimore Orioles and free-agent catcher Welington Castillo are "building momentum" to an agreement.
Castillo, 29, was the primary catcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016, where he graded very similarly — both offensively and defensively — to the Orioles' 2016 catcher (now free agent) Matt Wieters.
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So, to put a lot of these fancy statistics into simpler terms: Wieters and Castillo are both below-average pitch framers, average pitch blockers, above average throwers, and average hitters for catchers. Overall, both of these catchers are pretty decent with value.
If the Orioles and Castillo do officially come to terms on an agreement, that would signal the end to the Wieters' era in Baltimore.
Wieters, 30, handled duties behind the dish at Camden Yards from 2009 through 2016. The switch-hitting catcher's agent, Scott Boras, suggested that his client could wait until January to make a decision this offseason, but Orioles' executive vice president Dan Duquette has made it clear that the club cannot wait another month to address its need behind the plate.
Statistics courtesy of www.fangraphs.com and www.baseballprospectus.com.