Reds' Price 'realistically' targets Mesoraco to catch 145 games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price indicated catcher Devin Mesoraco could see a lot more time behind the plate in 2015, per the Dayton Daily News. He appeared in 114 games in 2014, starting 109 at catcher.

“I’ve been asked that question a lot about Mesoraco playing first base,” Price said. “How much would he play? Only if (Joey) Votto was injured. Realistically, I see him as a Yadier Moilina-type guy, who is going to catch 145 games a year, more so than I see him catching 110 a year and playing 20 or 30 at first base.

“It stood out more last year because I linked up Johnny Cueto with (Brayan) Pena catching. I anticipate Mesoraco catching a lot more games this year, especially if he stays healthy. We won’t pair Pena with Cueto as much. Devin did a real nice job with Johnny the times he caught him.”


Report: Pirates sign Wilkin Castillo to minor-league contract
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) The Pirates signed catcher Wilkin Castillo to a minor-league contract Wednesday, sources told Fox Sports. The deal includes an invite to spring training.

Castillo is a career .314 hitter in 35 at-bats.


Reds agree to four-year, $28M extension with Devin Mesoraco
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) The Reds agreed to a four-year, $28 million contract extension with catcher Devin Mesoraco, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Mesoraco was in his first year of arbitration, so the deal covers all three years of arbitration and his first year of free agency.

Mesoraco was a first-time All-Star in 2014, when he hit .273 with 25 doubles, 25 home runs and 80 RBI in 114 games. He has a career .245/.315/.432/.747 slash line in 289 games.


Rockies confident catcher Wilin Rosario can play 1B, OF
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) 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.


Astros trade Corporan to Rangers for Bostick; RP Germen DFA'd
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Rangers acquired catcher Carlos Corporan from the Astros on Wednesday in exchange for pitcher Akeem Bostick. Rangers pitcher Gonzalez Germen was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Corporan.

The 31-year-old Corporan joins the Rangers after spending the last four seasons with the Astros. He is a career .226 hitter with 17 home runs, 21 doubles and 63 RBI in 199 games. Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said Corporan will be the backup catcher to Robinson Chirinos, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The 19-year-old Bostick was a second-round draft pick in 2013. He is 9-7 with a 4.46 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 35 career appearances (26 starts) in the minors. He played at Class A Hickory in 2014.

Germen was acquired in a trade with the Yankees on Tuesday. It is the third time this offseason he has been designated for assignment.


Rockies' Wilin Rosario immersed in learning how to play 1B, OF
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario has spent the offseason working at first base and in the outfield, and will continue to work at both positions at the team's academy in the Dominican Republic before spring training begins, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Monday.

With the Rockies considering carrying three catchers -- Rosario, Nick Hundley and Michael McKenry -- Rosario has embraced learning new positions in order to keep his bat in the lineup.

"He's been great," Weiss said, per MLB.com. "He's a great kid, and I didn't expect anything different. He has embraced learning to play the different spots. He realizes he is an offensive weapon."


Cubs not impressed with trade talks regarding Welington Castillo
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) 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.


Report: Rockies' Wilin Rosario files for $3.3 million in arbitration
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario has filed for $3.3 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $2.8 million, MLB.com reports.

Rosario is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. He hit .267/.305/.435 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI in 382 at-bats in 2014.


Reds, Devin Mesoraco swap arbitration figures
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) 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.


Rockies, Michael McKenry able to avoid arbitration
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) 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.


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