Wellington Castillo retires – MLB trade rumors


Former Major League Receiver Wellington Castillo retires from baseball, reports Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (Twitter link). He will hang up his spikes after playing for five teams in ten seasons in the major leagues.

Castillo began his professional career with the Cubs, retiring from the Dominican Republic in 2004 and reaching the majors in 2010. He then spent the next four plus years on the North Side of Chicago, hitting fairly well as a regular wide receiver. Cubs. from 2013-14. Chicago traded him to the Mariners in May 2015, and Seattle sent him back to the Diamondbacks as part of a deal to acquire Marc Trumbo a little over a month later.

The right-handed backstop spent the next year and a half in Arizona, working as the D-Backs’ primary backstop before going unsolicited. He signed with the Orioles for the 2017 campaign, again delivering his typical mix of quality offense and munchy but playable defense behind the dish. He then returned to Chicago – this time to the South Side – for a two-year contract with the White Sox.

Unfortunately, Castillo’s White Sox tenure did not go as hoped. He was suspended for eighty games after testing positive for a banned substance midway through the 2018 season, and he wrestled at plate for the first time in his career in 2019. While Castillo signed league deals minor with the Nationals in each of the last two offseason, he has not returned to the majors. The 34-year-old retired last season due to COVID-19 concerns and spent this year with Washington affiliate Triple-A.

While Castillo’s career didn’t end as he probably imagined, there is no doubt that he had a solid run. Castillo has totaled 2,701 home plate appearances over his ten big-league campaigns, compiling a .254 / .313 / .426 line that surpasses the .243 / .311 / .390 mark managed by the league average receiver between 2010-19. Castillo had 626 hits (including 98 home runs), walked 183, scored 251 times and produced 339 runs. Baseball Reference estimates it was worth around 12 wins over the substitution. (FanGraphs, which explains its generally poor pitch framing metrics, puts it close to five wins). B-Ref records its career income just north of $ 28 million. MLBTR congratulates Castillo on a great career and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.



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