- The Minnesota Twins have made their first signing of the offseason. The new regime has come to an agreement with veteran catcher Jason Castro on a three-year, $24.5MM deal per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Castro was one of the few high-profile catchers in a relatively weak free agent class on the market. The Twins were rumored to be in the mix for his services as well as the Tampa Bay Rays. He reportedly had several three-year offers from a fair amount of clubs and was considered to be weighing his options. He ultimately decided to join up with Twins and come to the AL Central for the next few seasons. The former Houston Astros catcher is just three years removed from an all-star season in which he batted .276/.350/.485 with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs. While his offensive production has dwindled since then, he remains one of the game’s best pitch framers and is still a solid defensive presence from behind the dish. The Twin bringing in Castro will most likely end any chance of a reunion with Kurt Suzuki, whom had been their primary catcher for the past three years. Castro brings plenty of experience to a relatively young Twins clubhouse. It’s only natural for the Twins to now be high on pitch-framing as new President Derek Falvey is coming over from a Cleveland Indians team that put a heavy emphasis on pitch-framing, especially in the playoffs.
Other News & Notes
- The 2017 season is reportedly in jeopardy as the owners will seriously consider voting on a lockout if a new CBA agreement is not reached by the December 1 deadline per Rosenthal. There are several issues plaguing negotiations including draft-pick compensation and international bonus pools. A lockout would end a streak of 21-years of labor peace and seriously delay the free agent market which in turn could result in a very quiet winter meetings in just a few weeks.
- Right-handed pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Corey Kluber will not pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic per Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Both pitched a high number of innings in 2016 and are prioritizing going through their normal offseason workout routine to better prepare and pace themselves for the 2017 season.
- The Colorado Rockies have reached out to right fielder Carlos Gonzalez in regards to an extension per Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Despite speculation that the Rockies would consider moving him, he has performed admirably well over the last two years despite concerns over his durability and want to keep him with the club as the Rockies are attempting to move forward and get back into contention in the near future.