Rockies general manager Jeff Birdich said the team is confident catcher Wilin Rosario
can make the transition
from playing primarily at catcher to also playing at first base and in the outfield, according to The Denver Post
“I think Wilin has the athletic ability to do this, and he certainly has the work ethic,” Bridich said.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday he has had no compelling trade discussions
regarding catcher Welington Castillo
, according to the Chicago Daily Herald
. Castillo has been mentioned in trade rumors since the Cubs acquired Miguel Montero from the Diamondbacks.
The Cubs avoided arbitration with Castillo, agreeing to a $2.1 million salary for 2015. Castillo hit .237 with a career-best 13 home runs and 46 RBI in 110 games last season.
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco
has filed for $3.6 million
in aribtration, while the team has offered $2.45 million, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.
Mesoraco is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. He hit .273/.359/.534 with 25 home runs and 80 RBI in 384 at-bats in 2014.
The Rockies and catcher Michael McKenry
avoided arbitration Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $1.0876 million contract
, according to MLB.com. McKenry, who was in his first year of arbitration, made $750,000 in 2014.
McKenry hit .315 with a .398 on-base percentage, .512 slugging percentage and .910 OPS in 57 games for Colorado in 2014. He also had eight home runs, nine doubles and 22 RBI.
The Pirates and catcher Francisco Cervelli
avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $987,500 contract
, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Cervelli, who is in his second year of arbitration, made $700,000 in 2014.
The Pirates acquired Cervelli in a November trade with the Yankees. He has a .278 average, .348 on-base percentage, .381 slugging percentage and .729 OPS in 250 MLB games.
Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart confirmed once again to MLB.com on Thursday that the team's search for a catcher is over
. The team will head to camp with Tuffy Gosewisch
as the starter, Rule 5 pick Oscar Hernandez
as the backup and prospect Pete O'Brien
on the cusp of making the major-league roster.
"We sat back and thought about it and talked to our guys internally, our coaching staff, and we're not going do to anything," Stewart said. "Tuffy Gosewisch has never had the opportunity to be a front-line guy, but we do know he's capable of handling the [pitching] staff. If we get some offense from him, it would be great.
"The kid Hernandez we know, through our scouting reports, is a good catch-and-throw guy. And we're not expecting any offense from him. So if we get it, that would be great. But even more importantly, we think that Peter O'Brien is going to be ready. Our coaching staff says he has a chance to break with us from spring training. And if not spring training, we expect to see him by May or June."
Pirates catcher Chris Stewart avoided arbitration
on Friday, agreeing to a $1,225,000 contract for 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He hit .294 with 10 RBI in 49 games last season for Pittsburgh.
The Nationals have avoided arbitration
with catcher Jose Lobaton
, according to CSN.
Lobaton is set to receive $1.2 million this year. The 30-year-old Lobaton hit .234/.287/.304 over 214 at-bats last year. He's set to open the year as the team's backup catcher.
The Brewers announced Thursday they avoided
arbitration with catcher Martin Maldonado
, agreeing to a two-year contract.
The 28-year-old Maldonado hit .234 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 52 games last season. He is a career .225 hitter with 16 home runs and 68 RBI in 200 MLB games.
The Nationals avoided arbitration
with catcher Wilson Ramos
on Thursday. Ramos will make $3.55 million
in 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
Ramos hit .267 with 11 home runs, 12 doubles and 47 RBI in 88 games for Washington in 2014. He has a career .269/.317/.432/.749 slash line in 326 games.