Welington Castillo Signs Lucrative Two-Year Contract with the Chicago White Sox

It’s a big catch for Welington Castillo

The 30-year-old Dominican professional baseball free-agent catcher has agreed to a $15 million, two-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.

Welington Castillo

Castillo will make $7.25 million in each of the next two years, and the White Sox have a club option for $8 million for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout.

Castillo, who broke into the majors with the crosstown Chicago Cubs in 2010, hit .282 with 20 homers and 53 RBIs in 96 games with the Baltimore Orioles last season. He also threw out 24 of 49 would-be base stealers for a major league-best 49 percent success rate.

“Adding Welington benefits us both in the short and long term,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “He has been one of the more productive catchers over the last several seasons, and we believe his presence will have a lasting positive effect on our younger pitchers and catchers as they continue their development at the major league level.”

Castillo played for White Sox manager Rick Renteria when he skippered the Cubs in 2014.

Arrieta Logs a Career-High 11 Strikeouts to Help the Chicago Cubs Beat the Miami Marlins

It’s Lucky No. 11 for Jake Arrieta

The 28-year-old Latino-American professional baseball player, a Chicago Cubs right-hander, had a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings on Wednesday to beat the Miami Marlins 6-1.

Jake Arrieta

Arrieta (3-1) lowered his ERA to 1.98, and he has 55 strikeouts in 50 innings.

“I’m not doing anything different,” he said. “I’m just commanding everything down in the strike zone and trying to force early contact. Strikeouts are just a byproduct of throwing several plus pitches for strikes.”

Arrieta has become one of the few bright spots for the last-place Cubs, although they have been playing better lately. By taking the rubber game of the three-game set, they won consecutive road series for the first time since June 2013.

Chicago went 5-5 on a three-city swing.

“We had a nice trip,” manager Rick Renteria said. “That’s big. We’re playing some consistent baseball.”

Arrieta allowed five hits and one walk. He also doubled for his first career extra-base hit, but Renteria was more impressed with his pitching.

Arrieta has 27 strikeouts in 20 innings over his past three starts.

“I think he is commanding his fastball better, and his breaking ball is starting to get some bite and location,” Renteria said. “He’s got great stuff, and he’s very composed.”

The Marlins agreed.

“He was using his cutter in good spots and staying on the corners,” Stanton said. “He did a good job.”

Renteria Reportedly Set to Become New Chicago Cubs Manager

Rick Renteria is readying for Cub duty…

The 51-year-old Mexican American baseball coach, currently serving as the bench coach for the San Diego Padres, will soon be serving as the new manager for the Chicago Cubs, according to ESPN.com sources.

Rick Renteria

Renteria has been the bench coach for the Padres since 2011 after becoming a major league coach in 2008. He played infield for parts of five major league seasons after being drafted 20th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1980.

Renteria, who retired as a player in 1996 while with the Mexico City Reds, beat out A.J. Hinch, Manny ActaDave Martinez and Eric Wedge for the job. A fifth candidate, Brad Ausmus, was hired by the Detroit Tigers earlier in the week.

Renteria is known as a hands-on teacher and a strong communicator. His ability to speak Spanish is believed to be a plus for the Cubs. Sources familiar with the process say the team was intent on hiring a Latin-American manager and/or coaches, something lacking on the previous coaching staff.

Chicago has several key players of Latin-American descent, including shortstop Starlin Castro, who regressed under former manager Dale Sveum.

“In order for us to win with this group — and win consistently — we must have the best possible environment for young players to learn, develop and thrive at the major league level,” said team representatives after Sveum was fired.