Orioles catcher Castillo declines a $7 million player option

BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles catcher Welington Castillo has declined a $7 million player option for the 2018 season, opting to become a free agent.

Castillo signed a $6 million, one-year deal with Baltimore last November that included the option.

He played in 96 games for the Orioles, batting .282 with 20 homers and 53 RBIs.