April 20, 2013; Boston, MA USA; The Boston Strong logo on the center field wall during a game between the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
2. Boston Red Sox
Looking to follow up on their 2013 World Series championship, the Red Sox entered 2014 with high expectations. The team’s catching tandem was aged, to say the least, with A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross forming the tandem behind the plate on a daily basis. Aged was also a good work to describe the team’s season, which ended with a 71-91 record and one disappointment after another.
This year, the team has the likes of Christian Vasquez and Dan Butler slated as the catching duo, but neither have much experience to speak of. Vasquez has never appeared in even the high minors, let alone the big leagues. In 29 games last season with Low-A Vancouver, he appeared in 29 games, batting .160/.236/.185.
Butler made his big league debut in 2014 with Boston, appearing in seven games, batting .250/.368/.618. However, for most of the season, he played for Triple-A Pawtucket, posting a .667 OPS in 83 games. While he may be a backup option for Boston in 2015, he is, by all means, not starting material for a team looking to rebound from a terrible 2014 campaign.
Castillo to Boston could be more feasible because of the relationship between Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and the Red Sox organization. Offensively, he represents a clear-cut upgrade and given his multiple years of remaining team control, a decent return for Chicago is not out of the question.