According to Jon Morosi, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Wilkin Castillo to a minor league deal.

Castillo had two brief stints in the majors in 2008 and 2009 with the Reds. He is 30 years old, and has been playing in the Mexican Leagues in each of the last two seasons, hitting for a .582 OPS last year. He most recently was playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic for the team managed by Indianapolis Indians coach Dean Treanor.

He is likely to provide catching depth in the upper levels as a backup or a number three catcher. Indianapolis could be the target team. I’d expect Elias Diaz to get the bulk of the playing time behind the plate, with Tony Sanchez getting some work at first base and designated hitter. That would leave the need for a third catcher on the roster, who could also be a backup if Sanchez or Diaz get called up to the majors at some point.

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    • … Is that you Tolbert? Now this isn’t funny, if you were going to pull this crap the least you could have done is say you’re from the Yankees.

      • Taylor, what are you doing up here again?? Aww, I couldn’t cut it in the Mexican League.

        Taylor, how is your wife and my kids???

    • I think Valle has always been slated to start and get the bulk of the time at Altoona, so this signing doesn’t change that. I could see Castillo playing the floater role, going wherever they need him and spending time on the DL when they don’t.

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