Just one day after the Washington Nationals earned their first World Series title, the Major League Baseball world is already heading into the offseason.
It’s in this that we have the first trade of said offseason. The Chicago White Sox announced on Thursday that they have moved veteran catcher Welington Castillo to the Texas Rangers in exchange for prospect Jonah McReynolds.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) October 31, 2019
Chicago had an $8 million team option on Castillo’s contract, but this affords the team the ability to avoid a buyout.
Castillo, 32, hit just .209 with 12 homers 41 RBI and a .684 OPS this past season. He should at least be an upgrade for a Rangers team that boasted one of the worst sets of offensive catchers in baseball last season.
Chicago gets back a 23-year-old position player in McReynolds who was a 13th-round pick of the Rangers back in 2016. He hit .239 with six homers and 32 RBI at Single-A Spokane this past season.