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Seattle Lands Castillo From Cubs For Medina

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Wellington Castillo at bat for the Cubs, where he spent the first six seasons of his career. (Photo: Wiki) Wellington Castillo at bat for the Cubs, where he spent the first six seasons of his career. (Photo: Wiki)

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Seattle Mariners have decided to swap reliever Yoervis Medina to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for catcher Wellington Castillo, the clubs have announced. The news was first broken by Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan on Twitter earlier on Tuesday.

After the Cubs had traded for Miguel Montero in the offseason and signed veteran David Ross to back him up, Castillo was a man without a place to play for Chicago in 2015. Castillo has only appeared in nine games behind the dish this season, but has been the Cubs primary pinch hitter this season, and has struggled at the plate so far.

Castillo will join Mike Zunino as the Mariners primary catchers on the roster. Both have struggled to hit for average at the MLB level. Castillo is a career .252 batter with 29 home runs and 110 RBI over 310 games in his 6-year career. Zunino has less time on a major league roster (218 games in his third year), but his career batting average sits below the Mendoza line at .199 even though he has hit 32 HRs and 85 RBI. 

The good news for Lloyd McClendon and the M's is that Castillo is only 28 years old, and Zunino is only 24, it also helps that both made the jump to the MLB at 23 and 22, respectively.

Castillo will presumably replace current Mariners' backup catcher Jesus Sucre.

Medina had been a major part of Seattle's rotation for the past two years, pitching in 129 games from 2013-'14, and has a career 2.82 ERA including the 12 games he pitched in this season. The only issue with Medina had been his high walk ratio (career 4.9 BB/9 IP), he is expected to join Chicago's Triple-A team the Iowa Cubs. 

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