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Angels, catcher Jason Castro agree to 1-year deal

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Defensively, Castro ranked 24th out of 64 catchers who caught at least 1,000 pitches in pitch framing last season. Stassi ranked third.Castro threw out seven of 36 runners trying to steal, a percentage slightly below the major league average.The Angels now have essentially completed their lineup for 2020. In the infield, they have Albert Pujols at first, Andrelton Simmons at shortstop and Anthony Rendon at third, with David Fletcher, Tommy La Stella and Luís Rengifo to compete at second base. Matt Thaiss and Jared Walsh could also see time at first.In the outfield, they have Justin Upton, Mike Trout and Brian Goodwin, with top prospect Jo Adell presumably to take over in right field at some point during the season.Shohei Ohtani and Pujols will split time at designated hitter. The Angels filled the final hole in their everyday lineup by agreeing to terms with catcher Jason Castro on a one-year, $6.85 million deal, a source confirmed on Thursday night.Castro, 32, spent the past three years with the Minnesota Twins, including hitting .232 with a .767 OPS and 13 homers in 79 games in 2019.The Angels had Max Stassi and Anthony Bemboom as their only two catchers on the 40-man roster, and Stassi is questionable to be ready for Opening Day after undergoing hip surgery.Castro, who began his career with the Houston Astros, is a career .231 hitter with a .703 OPS. Angels catchers last season combined to hit .221 with a .638 OPS. The left-handed-hitting Castro has dramatic splits at the plate. He slashed .254/.354/.497 with 22 extra-base hits in 197 at-bats against right-handers last season, but just .125/.222/.125 with no extra-base hits in 40 at-bats against lefties. His career slash splits are .243/.329/.421 vs. right-handers and .195/.260/.293 against lefties. The Angels still could be in the market for another pitcher, either through trade or free agency. The addition of Castro brings their payroll to around $177 million. Their payroll for purposes of the luxury tax calculation is about $188 million. The threshold is $208 million.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more