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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: JASON CASTRO NETS $24.5 MILLION CONTRACT FROM MINNESOTA

Just to show you how barren the catching market is this winter, the Minnesota Twins just inked veteran catcher Jason Castro to a three-year deal worth $24.5 million.  The same Jason Castro who hit just .210 in falling completely out of favor in Houston last season, while also striking out 123 times in just 329 at-bats.  Still just 29 (turning 30 in June), Castro will be the guy the Twins look to stabilize the catcher position on the team after Joe Mauer was moved to first base a few years ago.  Needless to say, Castro's signing does not move the needle much at all in terms of 2017 fantasy baseball and really we are talking about just a low-end guy in two catcher formats or at most an AL-only starter.  While Castro does have power (43 home run the last three seasons), his ridiculous annual K/9 rates make him a major batting average liability and his move to spacious Target Field could also hurt the power some.  At most what we are looking at here is a guy who can hit 15 home runs, drive in 60, and bat around .240.  You can do better. 


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