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Friday, January 03, 2020

Angels To Sign Jason Castro - MLB Trade Rumors

The Angels have agreed to a one-year, $6.85MM deal with catcher Jason Castro,’s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter link).  The contract will become official once Castro passes a physical.  Castro is represented by ISE Baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2020 at 06:51 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: January 03, 2020 at 11:47 AM (#5912627)
Well you need someone back there to catch. And he’s not Max Stassi, so, that’s good.

Decent walk rate, little pop, decent defense.

Solid pick up.
   2. eric Posted: January 03, 2020 at 12:24 PM (#5912630)
Well you need someone back there to catch.

You also need someone up there to pitch, which the Angels seem to have completely forgotten about.

I hope they have something magical in the works, even if it's David Price.
   3. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: January 03, 2020 at 12:49 PM (#5912632)
I want no part of Price unless Boston is eating 50% of that salary.

Ohtani, Heaney, Teheran, Bundy, Sandoval, Barria, Pena, etc. is better than last year, and that’s not nothing.
   4. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: January 03, 2020 at 02:20 PM (#5912672)
I forgot Canning, too.

Their rotation is a lot better than last year.
   5. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: January 03, 2020 at 03:18 PM (#5912684)
Lefty hitting catchers are always valuable.
   6. eric Posted: January 03, 2020 at 04:08 PM (#5912700)
The Angels' rotation can be much improved and still not all that impressive. They're counting on a guy coming back from TJ surgery who has less than 52 MLB career innings, another guy who has 90 league-average innings in his career, another guy whose ceiling is league-average, and a guy whose ceiling is slightly above-average, but has maintained relatively poor peripherals. Then, of course, the other holdovers from last year's squad.

That group can vastly outperform last year's and still underwhelm. The best you can hope for is some level of dominance from Ohtani and relatively injury-free league-average from the rest. A few injuries or under-performances like occur with any pitching staff and they're back in the pits.

The Angels could have gone after Keuchel and/or Madbum and/or Ryu and/or Hamels. Any one of those would have been a huge improvement and easily affordable.

Maybe they think there will be better options next off-season, but they don't have a lot of talent in the pipeline so any window they have is essentially now, or really soon.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: January 03, 2020 at 07:44 PM (#5912733)
A good day for Castros as Starlin has signed with the Nats.
   8. PreservedFish Posted: January 03, 2020 at 08:48 PM (#5912741)
Starlin looks like the starter at 2B, huh? His fight for 3000 hits stays alive!
   9. flournoy Posted: January 03, 2020 at 09:57 PM (#5912752)
Why is Teheran's ceiling "league average?" I say this as a Braves fan who never particularly liked him that much, since he's frustrating to watch. But in his seven full big league seasons, he's been league average three times and solidly above average four times. He'll turn 29 this month, so he isn't old, and his track record with regard to health is stellar. League average seems more like his floor.
   10. eric Posted: January 03, 2020 at 10:21 PM (#5912758)
Why is Teheran's ceiling "league average?"

Teheran is this guy:

and a guy whose ceiling is slightly above-average, but has maintained relatively poor peripherals

The league-average-ceiling guy is Bundy.

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