“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.”
Castillo is a career .314 hitter in 35 at-bats.
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.
“I think Wilin has the athletic ability to do this, and he certainly has the work ethic,” Bridich said.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.