White Sox sign C Welington Castillo to $15M deal

Free agent catcher Welington Castillo signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Chicago White Sox.

Castillo’s contract includes a mutual option for $8 million for the 2020 season.

“Adding Wellington benefits us both in the short term and long term,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Friday. “He has been one of the most productive catchers over the last several seasons, and we believe his presence will have a lasting positive effect on our young pitchers and catchers as they continue their development at the major-league level.”

Castillo hit 20 home runs for the Baltimore Orioles last season and led baseball throwing out 44.4 percent of base stealers.

Castillo, 30, is a career .259 hitter with 80 homers in 605 games.

Kevan Smith could platoon with Castillo for the White Sox.

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