NAME: Jason Castro
FORMER TEAM: Houston Astros
WHY: Jason Castro spent the last six seasons with the Houston Astros where he made one All-Star team. Castro’s numbers with the Astros last season gives a strong indication the Astros will look elsewhere for catching help next season, but Castro has shown power at the plate.
Castro hit .210/.307/.377 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs in 113 games with the Astros and also had a 0.9 WAR.
So why would the Baltimore Orioles want Castro? Other than the one year he was an All-Star, he has been a disappointment for the Astros, and it is possible he won’t command much in the free agent market. Castro would also fill the veteran presence in the clubhouse and he could split catching time with Joseph.
However, catchers are hard to come by this year, and many teams are looking to fill the hole behind the plate.
Still, the Orioles need veteran catching depth and they’re not going to get it from Wieters.