Sep 10, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; An Oakland Athletics hat and glove rest on the steps of the dugout during the game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
1. Oakland Athletics
Given how busy Oakland general manager Billy Beane has been this offseason, mentioning his club on this list is less than a shock. Couple that with the team’s lack of depth behind the dish and Oakland quickly becomes a very feasible destination for the Cubs’ backstop.
Following the trade of Derek Norris, the team heads into 2015 with John Jaso behind the dish. It’s not that Jaso isn’t a decent option behind the plate – in fact, of the aforementioned options for each of these five clubs, he’s one of the premier choices. Jaso added nine home runs to go along with a .240/.337/.430 slash-line, but was below-average defensively, as noted by his -0.4 dWAR.
Castillo would represent a relatively young, controllable option for Beane and the Athletics moving forward. He’s just one year removed from a solid year at the plate and could help replace some of the lost offensive output of Norris – although he is yet to reach that level of production in his young big league career.