The market for Catcher Jason Castro has been popping since the onset of the offseason. There were three teams in connection with him including the Tampa Bay Rays, the Atlanta Braves and the Minnesota Twins, who came out victorious. Castro earned a three-year contract worth $24.5 million from the Twins, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
He will replace Kurt Suzuki behind the dish for the Twins. Castro is known for his pitch framing and solid power, however, otherwise, he's a below average offensive performer with poor on base numbers. He will certainly start in Minnesota, however on a competing team, he is likely the strong side of a platoon. He can be expected to slash .230/.280/.400 with about 10 home runs in a given season.
The third year likely took the Rays out of the competition, as they are financially challenged. The Braves seem to be looking for a stronger offensive piece, however there are no catchers waiting in the wings other than the young Ben Rortved, who is no sure thing, therefore Castro will not be under that much pressure through the duration of this contract.
The Braves and Rays seem likely to join the Orioles in pursuit of the market's plan B, Nick Hundley, more of an offensive minded catcher. Seeing as the teams in pursuit of Hundley are mainly smaller market teams, it seems as though Hundley will get a contract that will be a little less than Castro got. I would anticipate two years and $13 million with the O's coming out on top. I believe the Rays will wind up acquiring a catcher through trade.