Reports: Nationals reach 2-year agreement with Starlin Castro

Chris Lingebach
January 03, 2020 - 5:59 pm
Report: Nationals reach 2-year agreement with Starlin Castro

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The Nationals have an agreement in place to sign free agent infielder Starlin Castro, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was first to report Friday evening.

Castro, 29, is an effective fielder with versatility, primarily a middle infielder who can also play third base, as he did in 44 games for the Marlins in 2019. At the plate, he slashed .270/.300/.436 with 31 doubles, four triples, 22 home runs and 86 RBI. He walked 28 times and stole two bases while languishing on the 105-loss ball club. Castro will be 30 when the 2020 season begins.

What this means for the Nationals' pursuit of free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson is unclear. It could mean they're out on Donaldson, just as it could mean they're still in and plan to play Castro at second. Speculating about the ramifications would be purely guess work at this point.

Although Jess Dougherty of The Washington Post reports the Nats will still pursue Donaldson, which could make Castro a nice insurance policy in case they do lose out on the 34-year-old.

After all, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported Thursday that the Nats were one of three teams (with the Twins and Braves the others) who made four-year offers to Donaldson in the range of $100 million.

Feinsand reports Castro's deal (pending a physical) is for $12 million over two years.

Some other odds and ends on the reported deal:

 

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