Reviewing the 29 other depth charts behind the plate reveals that there are really a significant number of teams that should want Castillo.
Chicago Cubs Rumors
The Tigers are talking to David Price’s camp about an extension.
The Orioles are likely to be without Matt Wieters to start the season, and he might not be full-time behind the plate for a while thereafter. The fit is pretty obvious.
He hinted at it last week, and Theo Epstein says it’s true. Let’s talk about this as a real possibility.
The Yelich and Eaton extensions are of particular interest given the Cubs’ crop of young minor leaguers.
A new report implies as much, though I’m not sure Craig is a great fit for the Cubs right now.
Bryant has been too good not to get a whole lot of attention. Wood and Castillo have also been very good, which could be big.
The Padres have lost their backup catcher for a long time, and could be looking to make an addition. But does Castillo really make sense?
Injuries are spreading throughout the game, as they do this time of year, and various trade avenues are opening up.
With injuries mounting around the game, are we going to see a new wave of pitching rumors?
Joe Maddon described how Castillo could be incorporated into the mix if the Cubs carry three catchers. It’s not a significant role.
A top international prospect to whom the Cubs had been very closely connected is now, instead, connected to the Dodgers.
There’s interest in Castillo out there, but now’s not the time that teams typically make deals.
Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro really wants to be traded, which can’t be helping the Cubs with respect to his former teammate, Welington Castillo.
If the Cubs knew they were getting 2013 Travis Wood in 2015, none of this would even be a conversation. But 2014 happened.
Some potentially huge news for the Cubs in the upcoming 2015/16 IFA period, which starts July 2.
The Cubs could go with three catchers, if it comes to that, or they could find a landing spot for Castillo. Also: they can and will make additions as necessary.
Moncada and Hamels remain popular names. Zimmermann might cut off extension talks, Beachy signs with the Dodgers, more.