As non-tendered players move to the free agent market, the Tampa Bay Rays are getting prepared to make their move either through trades or free agency.
The Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday made a very unexpected move as they decided not to tender a contract to veteran catcher Welington Castillo making him a free agent. With that decision, Castillo has become one of the most sought after free agent catchers, with the Tampa Bay Rays throwing their cap into the ring.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported on Friday night that the Rays have definite interest in Castillo and are expected to aggressively pursue him. By Saturday morning, Topkin then tweeted that the Rays are not the only team interested in Castillo, but also the Braves and Orioles.
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Castillo who is in his last season of arbitration eligibility is projected to $5.9 million. Last season, Castillo hit .264 with 14 home runs, 68 RBIs and had a .745 OPS in 113 games. He is an above average hitter, typical behind the plate, and considered an average pitch framer.
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Gattis has two years of team control and will make $5.2 million in 2017, while Archer is under team control through 2021. Gattis has averaged 25 HRs and 69 RBIs per season along with a .250 average in four major league seasons and would fit nicely in the Rays lineup.