Free-agent catcher Jason Castro is drawing interest from six clubs and has multiple offers on the table, according to a major-league source. No decision is imminent, though the catching market is said to be heating up and Castro is one of the players drawing the strongest interest.
A reunion with the Astros is possible, according to a source, as they are one of the teams involved in the bidding for Castro.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Braves are a serious bidder for Castro as they look to fill their catching vacancy. Olney reported earlier Wednesday that the Twins were expected to make a bid for Castro, and multiple other teams — the Orioles, Nationals, White Sox, Rays and Angels -- are among speculative fits with a need behind the plate.
Castro, 29, is expected to receive a 3-year deal, per Olney, despite hitting just .210/.307/.377 with 11 home runs last season for the Astros. Castro is regarded as a top pitch-framer and defensive catcher, adding to his value for teams in need.
Other free-agent catching options include top-tier players like Wilson Ramos and Matt Wieters as well as serviceable veterans like Kurt Suzuki, Jeff Mathis, Alex Avila, Hank Conger, Nick Hundley, Dioner Navarro, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Geovany Soto.