Morning Marquee: Welington Castillo trade rumors; Closer role options


Following the acquisition of Miguel Montero and David Ross, the Chicago Cubs continue to keep options open for Welington  Castillo. One possible trade partner is the Texas Rangers. Robinson Chirinos and backup Tomas Telis weren’t very productive, and the Rangers would be looking to build some depth to help compete in the AL West.

Hector Rondon did a better than admirable job closing for the Cubs after Jose Veras struggled to start the season and was subsequently released. While he looks to be the favorite, the Cubs will have options for the closer’s role. Pedro Strop and Neil Ramirez could compete, as well as newly acquired Jason Motte should skipper Joe Maddon choose to open up the competition.

The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with infielder Cliff Pennington, agreeing to a one-year deal. Pennington was a valuable utility man for the D-backs, starting games at every infield position except for first. after making $5 million last season, he will earn a reported $3.25 million in 2015.

Here are some of the stories you may have missed from yesterday:

‘Chicago Cubs talking Welington Castillo with Texas Rangers?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Leonys Martin could be a Cubs’ possible trade target’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Should the Cubs be concerned about Starlin Castro?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Diamondbacks, Pennington agree to one-year deal’ – Venom Strikes

‘Just how good was Ken Griffey, Part one’ – Call to the Pen