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  • Castillo emerges as O's top catching target
    Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that Welington Castillo has emerged as the Orioles' top catching target.

    Advice: The Orioles don't want to head into the season with Caleb Joseph as their primary catcher and they've expressed interest in other free agent catchers such as Nick Hundley as well. Castillo, who was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks last week, and his representatives have reportedly been in discussions with the Orioles since the winter meetings ended with expressed optimism that a multi-year deal could get done. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:08 pm
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  • Johnny Monell signs with team in Korea
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that Johnny Monell has signed with the KT Wiz in Korea.

    Advice: Cotillo says Monell initially had a deal with the NC Dinos before it fell through. The 30-year-old got cups of coffee in the majors in 2013 and 2015 but spent all of 2016 at Triple-A in the Mets organization, batting .276/.336/.470 with 19 homers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:40 pm
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  • Miguel Gonzalez re-signs with Tigers
    Tigers re-signed C Miguel Gonzalez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Gonzalez has been in the Tigers' minor league system the last two years, hitting .243/.298/.327 with two homers this past season at Triple-A Toledo. He'll return there to start 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:30 pm
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  • Shawn Zarraga inks minors deal with Reds
    Reds signed C Shawn Zarraga to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Zarraga was up with the Dodgers for one game last season but is still looking to make his major league debut. He's a defense-first catcher who batted .256/.329/.323 with zero homers between Double- and Triple-A in 2016. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:20 pm
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  • Rob Brantly inks minors deal with Reds
    Reds signed C Rob Brantly to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Brantly spent all of last season at Triple-A in the Mariners organization, batting .244/.268/.432 with 14 homers. He's merely a depth guy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:13 pm
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  • Marlins ink AJ Ellis to one-year, $2.5M deal
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports the Marlins have signed catcher A.J. Ellis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

    Advice: Ellis will head to Miami to act as J.T. Realmuto's backup catcher. The veteran hit just .216/.301/.298 in 2016 between the Dodgers and Phillies, but his clubhouse rep is exceptional and he's had some decent seasons in the past. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:28 pm
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  • Boras: Wieters might not sign until January
    Agent Scott Boras said Wednesday that his client Matt Wieters might not sign until January.

    Advice: Wieters' market has been rather quiet after he put up an underwhelming .711 OPS (87 OPS+) in 2016 while also taking a step back behind the plate. The Orioles didn't make him a qualifying offer this time, so at least he doesn't have draft pick compensation attached. Boras said he has talked to several teams, but he appears content with waiting out the market. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:29 pm
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  • Showalter says O's interested in C Castillo
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Wednesday that the club has interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

    Advice: Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports first reported the club's interest after Castillo was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks late last week. The Rays have reached an agreement with Wilson Ramos, taking one potential suitor out of the mix for Castillo. With Matt Wieters on the free agent market, Showalter also acknowledged that the club has discussed a possible reunion with Nick Hundley. Michael Bourn and Michael Saunders were also mentioned as outfield targets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:12 pm
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  • Blue Jays showing interest in Iannetta
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Blue Jays are showing "real interest" in free agent catcher Chris Iannetta.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are looking at him as a potential backup to Russell Martin. Iannetta owns a rough .199/.298/.332 batting line over the last two seasons. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:23 am
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  • Rays ink Wilson Ramos to 2-yr, $12.5M deal
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms the Rays have signed free agent catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year contract.

    Advice: It's worth $12.5 million guaranteed and incentives could push the total to $18.25 million, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Ramos was probably looking at a five- or six-year deal in free agency before he suffered ACL and meniscus tears in his right knee on September 26 at Nationals Park. He'll be in rehab mode when the 2017 season begins and will then try to rebuild his value in Tampa Bay over the next year-and-a-half. Ramos figures to split time between catcher and DH with the Rays. He is an excellent hitter when healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:48 pm
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  • Rays make two-year offer to Wilson Ramos
    Wilson Ramos has a two-year offer from the Rays and "could be close to a decision," per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

    Advice: Ramos' representatives were scheduled to meet with Rays executives on Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings. Maybe that already happened. The 29-year-old catcher is coming off surgery for ACL and meniscus tears in his right knee and won't be ready for the beginning of the 2017 season, but he's a legitimate masher when healthy. This could set up as a nice buy-low for cost-conscious Tampa Bay. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:39 pm
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  • Rays plan to meet with Wilson Ramos' camp
    According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Rays plan to speak with Wilson Ramos' representatives Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: "There's legit interest there," adds Castillo. Ramos suffered ACL and meniscus tears in his right knee on September 26 and his rehab is expected to stretch into the early part of the 2017 season, but the 29-year-old catcher still reportedly wants a four- or five-year deal in free agency. He did produce an impressive .307/.354/.496 batting line with 22 home runs and 80 RBI over 131 games this year with Washington before the major knee injury. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:09 pm
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  • Schwarber (knee) won't play winter ball
    Kyle Schwarber (knee) will continue to rehab, but won't play winter ball.

    Advice: The Cubs were considering sending Schwarber to winter ball in order to get some extra at-bats after his knee surgery, but general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that they felt "he proved he could hit Major League pitching." The young slugger is capable of making a big impact in 2017, but it's unclear where he'll fit in the lineup. Hoyer said the club has yet to decide if he'll be an option to catch in 2017. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:20 am
  • D'Backs make Jeff Mathis signing official
    Diamondbacks signed C Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was reported last week and is now official. Mathis is a career .197/.254/.308 hitter but is viewed as a strong defensive catcher. He could share time behind the plate with Chris Herrmann. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:59 pm
  • Mariners, Jesus Sucre avoid arbitration
    Mariners and C Jesus Sucre avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $630,000 contract.

    Advice: Sucre was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. He's slated to open 2017 in the minors. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:55 pm
  • Marlins showing interest in A.J. Ellis
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Marlins are showing interest in free agent A.J. Ellis.

    Advice: Miami needs a new backup catcher with Jeff Mathis having signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Diamondbacks last week. Ellis batted just .216/.301/.298 in 2016, but he's a well-liked guy with a decent career OBP of .340. It's a pretty good fit. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:44 am
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  • Astros would listen to offers for Evan Gattis
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the Astros would listen to offers for Evan Gattis.

    Advice: The Astros acquired Brian McCann earlier this offseason and also reportedly have a deal in place for Carlos Beltran, so it's not a surprise that they're willing to listen on Gattis. The slugger hit 32 home runs last season, although he sported a .319 on-base percentage and is very much an all-or-nothing hitter. Gattis will make $5.2 million in 2017 and will be arbitration-eligible for a final time next winter. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:52 am
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  • Orioles also interested in Welington Castillo
    Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

    Advice: They join the Braves and Rays as clubs that are already known to have interest in the backstop that was cut loose by the Diamondbacks on Friday. With Matt Wieters not expected to return, the O's are currently set to open the season with Caleb Joseph as their primary catcher unless they bring another option in through trade or free agency. They have also expressed interest in Nick Hundley. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:23 am
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  • Rays, others interested in Welington Castillo
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays, as well as other clubs, have expressed interest in Welington Castillo.

    Advice: Castillo was a surprising non-tender by the Diamondbacks on Friday and should be able to land himself a multi-year deal in free agency. Given the struggles of the Rays' trio of catchers in 2016 (Curt Casali, Luke Maile, Bobby Wilson), Castillo would represent a significant upgrade in terms of offense. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:09 am
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  • Reds don't tender contract to Ramon Cabrera
    Reds non-tendered C Ramon Cabrera.

    Advice: The 27-year-old backstop did a respectable job as Tucker Barnhart's primary backup in 2016, slashing .246/.279/.357 with three homers and 23 RBI in 185 plate appearances. He'll look for another opportunity on the free agent market. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:35 am
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  • Pirates non-tender Eric Fryer on Friday
    Pirates non-tendered C Eric Fryer.

    Advice: The 31-year-old backstop hit .267/.336/.319 with no homers and 13 RBI in 133 plate appearances between the Cardinals and Pirates in 2016. He will look for another opportunity on the open market but may have to settle for a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:22 am
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  • D'Backs agree to two-year deal with Mathis
    Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year, $4 million contract with Jeff Mathis.

    Advice: It seems like the Diamondbacks are looking to cut payroll this offseason, which prompted the non-tendering of Welington Castillo and the signing of the veteran Mathis. He's likely to share time behind the dish with Chris Herrmann and perhaps Oscar Hernandez, but is a poor bet for any type of fantasy production even in the hitter-friendly home ballpark. Mathis is a career .197/.254/.308 hitter in 2273 career plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:44 pm
  • Diamondbacks agree to deal with Jeff Mathis
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract with free agent backstop Jeff Mathis.

    Advice: Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports was first to report that the two sides had been in discussions, and now Heyman reports that they have reached a deal. The Diamondbacks now have three catchers on the roster, with Mathis joining Chris Herrmann and Oscar Hernandez. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:36 pm
  • Diamondbacks have had contact with Mathis
    Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports reporst that the Diamondbacks have been in contact with free agent catcher Jeff Mathis.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks surprisingly opted to non-tender Welington Castillo on Friday and are now in the market for depth behind the plate. Mathis, 33, hit just .238/.267/.33 with a pair of homers and 15 RBI in 126 at-bats for the Marlins in 2016. He'd simply be a depth signing for the D'Backs and shouldn't be counted on to be the full-time starter behind the plate. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:25 pm
  • Diamondbacks non-tender Welington Castillo
    Diamondbacks non-tendered C Welington Castillo.

    Advice: This move comes as quite a surprise, as Castillo was the club's starting catcher and coming off of a fine offensive season where he slashed .264/.322/.423 with 14 homers and 68 RBI in 457 plate appearances. Chris Herrmann now ascends to the top of the depth chart, but it's incredibly likely that the D'Backs will now add another backstop either through trade or free agency. As for Castillo, he was projected to earn around $6 million in arbitration, but now suddenly becomes one of the most appealing catchers on the free agent market. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:16 pm
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  • Schwarber could see at-bats in winter ball
    The Cubs are considering sending Kyle Schwarber to winter ball to get some at-bats.

    Advice: Schwarber made it back for the World Series after missing most of the season following knee surgery, but he was restricted from playing the field. The Cubs will soon evaluate the next step in his rehab, but all signs are positive thus far. The big question is how the Cubs will fit him into their lineup in 2017. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:57 am
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