Former Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro has become a sought-after commodity on the free-agent market.

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Braves Lead Among Suitors

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Per Buster Olney of ESPN, the Atlanta Braves are a top bidder for Castro’s services.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Castro reportedly already has offers from three different American League teams. 

The Astros could also look to re-sign the catcher, with only Evan Gattis a realistic option to replace him on the roster. The team was reportedly looking at a trade for Brian McCann, but as Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported, that potential deal is “at an impasse.”

The 29-year-old has spent his entire career in Houston, playing in over 100 games in each of the last four years. He batted .210 with a .307 on-base percentage and 11 home runs in 113 games this past season. 

Castro was also named an All-Star in 2013, when he hit .276 with 18 home runs.

In a limited free-agent class featuring Matt Wieters and an injured Wilson Ramos as top options, Castro could be a hot commodity as a left-handed catcher with home run power and good defensive play behind the plate.

If he can return to his level of play from 2013, he could end up being a steal this offseason.

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