Detroit Tigers: Five Non-Tendered Players Who Are Potential Fits
Name: Welington Castillo
2016 WAR: 1.7
Stats of Note
One of the more surprising players to be non-tendered, Welington Castillo would significantly upgrade the Detroit Tigers bench.
In 113 games last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the backstop batted .264 with 14 home runs, 68 RBI and 41 runs scored. He also posted a 92 wRC+ and a .319 wOBA en route to a 1.7 WAR.
All told, the former Chicago Cub posted a .322 on-base percentage and a .423 slugging percentage.
Why Castillo is a Fit for the Detroit Tigers
As of now, John Hicks is Detroit’s only viable catching option outside of James McCann. Adding Castillo would give the Tigers an excellent offensive complement to McCann.
Potential Role in Detroit
As a potential bench cog, Castillo brings plenty of ability and upside. Since the beginning of the 2014 campaign, the 29-year-old has averaged 57 RBI, 37 runs scored, 19 doubles and 15 home runs per season.
The veteran backstop would also greatly improve the catching outlook behind McCann.
Outside of Hicks, Detroit’s next best catcher is Grayson Greiner. The prospect only reached Triple-A for the first time at the tail end of last season.
Next: Ideal J.D. Martinez Trades to Improve the Tigers
In the event of any Victor Martinez trade, Castillo could bring value by logging at-bats at designated hitter.