Today, the Jason Castro sweepstakes ended, as the Minnesota Twins won the bidding wars over other teams like the Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta Braves and even the Houston Astros, but the trade of acquiring Brian McCann ended Castro’s tenure in Houston.
Now, Castro’s new deal is worth $24.5 mil over the next three years, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Castro will take over the team’s starting catching duties with Kurt Suzuki leaving the team to land a new deal infree agency.
However, the 29-year-old catcher is perfect for a young team like the Minnesota Twins, as he is one of the better ranked catchers in today’s game when it comes to pitch framing and managing a pitching staff. He had a down year in throwing out runners (24%), but he usually is better in that department, as in 2015, he gunned out 36 percent.
Finally, Castro’s bat has declined over the last three years. He has struggled to hit over .230 in the past three years, but last season he at least got his on-base percentage up over .300. The last season that Castro succeeded at the plate was his All-Star year back in 2013 where he batted .276 with 18 homers and driving in 56 RBIs.