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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

Winterhawks fall to Oil Kings in OT

first_img PORTLAND — There was extra hockey on Friday at the Rose Garden.Thanks to the scoring touch of Edmonton’s Michael St. Croix and the play of goalie Laurent Brossoit, there will be more to this Western Hockey League championship series.St. Croix scored his third goal of the night 7:24 into overtime to give the Oil Kings a 3-2 win over the Portland Winterhawks, extending the best-of-7 series to a sixth game in Edmonton on Sunday.“Obviously, this one stings a bit. We’re not going to lie about that,” Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones said. “We really wanted this one.”So did an Edmonton team playing for its survival. Despite a Portland goal 15 seconds into the game sending a thrill through the sold-out Rose Garden, despite not getting any power plays and being outshot 51-30, the Oil Kings found a way to win.Thanks to more than a little good luck.The first Edmonton goal deflected in off the skate of a Winterhawk. The second was a freebie after a mistake by Portland goalie Mac Carruth. And on the winner a St. Croix pass bounced off a defenseman’s skate right back to him in front. The Winterhawks’ Joey Baker celebrates his goal 15 seconds in to the first period Friday.last_img read more