Blake Swihart

Why Red Sox didn't trade for Welington Castillo

Rob Bradford
May 19, 2015 - 5:53 am

According to multiple outlets (and first reported by Yahoo! Sports), the Cubs have traded catcher Welington Castillo to the Mariners. So, why weren't the Red Sox interested in striking a similar deal? According to a major league source, the Sox didn't view Castillo -- who was serving as Chicago's third catcher after Miguel Montero and David Ross -- as a fit. With 23-year-old Blake Swihart getting the majority of the playing time, the team didn't view it necessary to bring in another 20-something backstop as a complement. The right-handed-hitting Castillo, who recently turned 28 years old, played in 113 and 110 games, respectively, the last two seasons for the Cubs. This year he has managed just 24 appearances, batting .163. The Red Sox currently seem content in letting Swihart develop with Sandy Leon as the backup. Part of the approach is due to the organization's confidence that Ryan Hanigan (broken knuckle) will be back in July. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington noted during the team's series in Oakland that the team has expressed to Swihart that his offensive production is viewed as secondary and most of the catcher's attention should be on managing the pitching staff. Swihart is hitting .179 with a .456 OPS, striking out 14 times and walking once. The switch-hitter has, however, seemingly made some strides recently, looking more comfortable at the plate while notching hits in his last two games.