Apr 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; General view of the baseball hat and glove of Colorado Rockies starting pitcherJorge De La Rosa
(29) (not pictured) during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
5. Colorado Rockies
Earlier in the offseason, the Rockies were tied to Castillo, but the rumors hadn’t picked up too much traction until after the Cubs signed Ross and also added Ryan Lavarnway within 24 hours, with Montero already in the mix.
Colorado is heading into 2015 with the likes of Wilin Rosario and Michael McHenry slotted into the depth chart behind the dish. Rosario, once regarded as an up-and-coming backstop in the league, and still just 25 years old, he may very well pan out for the team long-term. However, after a breakout 2013 season in which he hit a career-high .292 with 21 home runs and 79 RBIs, he regressed last year, batting just .267/.305/.435 for Colorado, with his WAR falling from 2.3 to -0.1.
Defensively, Rosario is not a good arm – throwing out a minuscule 15.9 percent of base-stealers in 2014. That percentage has declined with each year spent in the big leagues, falling from 31.9 percent in his first full season back in 2012 to 26.4 percent in 2013, all the way down to the aforementioned 15.9 clip a year ago.
That being said, Castillo is also coming off a down year, so it remains to be seen whether or not the Rockies front office would see much difference between the two. That being said, combining Castillo with Rosario could be an option moving forward.