The Seattle Mariners are set to acquire catcher Wellington Castillo from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for RHP Yoervis Medina, according to a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
It was earlier reported by Marc Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that the Cubs were going to receive a prospect in return. Medina will report to Triple-A Iowa, according to a club announcement. According to Shannon Drayer of 710 AM KIRO, a corresponding move will be made to the Mariners 25-man roster once Castillo reports to the team.
Medina owns a 2.82 ERA for his career alongside a 10-9 record in 141 games out of the bullpen with the Mariners. Castillo’s name was tossed around plenty during spring training as a potential name to head elsewhere after the club acquired Miguel Montero from the Arizona Diamondbacks and signed free agent catcher David Ross, leaving Castillo without a confirmed role.
Castillo, 28, is represented by Relativity Baseball. Wellington has appeared in 24 games so far this season, having hit .163/.234/.349 with two home runs and five RBI’s.
This deal provides Castillo a full time role and a long-term partner for Mike Zunino. Wellington owns a .252/.320/.398 line for his career along with 29 home runs and 110 RBI’s, having appeared in a total of 310 games.
With this deal in place, the Cubs are expected to save at least $1.5MM. Castillo is currently being payed a salary of $2.1MM and can be controlled for two more seasons via arbitration which the Mariners are likely to take advantage of, adding another veteran to the clubhouse and more talent at the plate.