8:08 PM EST, Fri December 09, 2016

Twins sign catcher Jason Castro to three-year deal

The former Astros backstop was an All-Star in 2013 and is known for his defensive skills.
Twinkie Town Nov 22, 2016

Twins sign catcher Jason Castro to 3-year, $24.5 million deal

He will likely be the #1 catcher starting in 2017. Needing a backstop with Kurt Suzuki a free agent, the Twins chose to move on as they just signed catcher Jason Castro to a three-year, $24.5 million contract. Castro has spent his entire six-year career as a Houston Astro and is known for a fair bit of pop in his bat along with a patient eye at the plate. However, he has also been plagued with a rapidly rising strikeout rate (up to 32.7% last season) and a plummeting batting average ever since his career-best .276/.350/.485 triple-slash with 18 home runs back in 2013. Toss in a complete...

Jason Castro catches on with Twins for a reported $24.5-million

The Rays interest in free-agent C Jason Castro came to an end as the price soared, with Castro agreeing on Tuesday to a three-year deal with the Twins for a reported $24.5-million.The Times reported on Friday that the Rays had made an initial offer and per agent Fred Wray were "right in the thick of things" to land the former Astros …

Rays "right in the thick of things" for free-agent C Jason Castro

The Rays have made an "initial" offer to free-agent C Jason Castro and are "right in the thick of things" among several teams, per agent Fred Wray of ISE Baseball.Castro, 29, is on the market after playing the last six seasons with the Astros, earning a reputation as a top pitch framer. He has been inconsistent offensively, posting …

MLB Rumor Central: Rays interested in Jason Castro, but they'll have to compete for him

MLB Rumor Central: Rays interested in Jason Castro, but they'll have to compete for him

Report: Twins 'aggressively' looking at catchers, could land Castro

Jason Castro had a breakout season for Houston at the plate in 2013, posting an .835 OPS in nearly 500 plate appearances and landing on the All-Star team. Since then, the left-handed hitting catcher has settled more into a high-risk, high-reward mode at the plate: double-digit home runs each of the past three seasons, but triple-digit strikeouts and a low batting average (between .210 and .222 each of 2014-2016). But he’s a stalwart when it comes to pitch-framing metrics. And that — combined with at least a threat of getting ahold of one at the plate — has made him a coveted free agent...
DRaysBay Nov 14, 2016

Rays Free Agent Target: Jason Castro

Jason Castro is the perfect candidate to improve the Rays catcher situation. Fans are understandably frustrated with the offense the Rays have received from the catcher position throughout the history of the franchise. Free agent catcher Jason Castro is one of the better options available on the market, and a sensible choice for the Rays, should they want to finally sign an established backstop. Why does Jason Castro fit? You can begin the argument for Castro around offense. The Rays already have a good hitting option against left handed pitching in Curt Casali. Casali hit .230/.305/.432...
MASN Sports Nov 12, 2016

Notes on defensive metrics, Mark Trumbo and Jason Castro - Steve Melewski

Notes on defensive metrics, plus O's involvement with Mark Trumbo and Jason Castro
Twinkie Town Nov 9, 2016

Twins Going After Jason Castro?

Twins are rumored to be interested in free agent catcher Jason Castro Per Mike Berardino, the Twins are interested in Houston’s free agent catcher, Jason Castro. I'm told #MNTwins have expressed preliminary interest in free agent catcher Jason Castro (HOU). Meeting w/ his agent expected Wednesday.— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) November 9, 2016 This makes sense, as catcher was one of the weakest positions for the Twins in 2016. The trio of John Ryan Murphy, Kurt Suzuki, and Juan Centeno combined for a -1.5 bWAR, which ranked 24th in MLB. At the plate, Castro has regressed...

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