Orioles Face Second-Half Decisions On Five Key Players

7/14/17

By Rich Dubroff, PressBox

The Orioles begin the second half of the season at home against the Chicago Cubs July 14. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looming, the team will soon have to make decisions on five high-profile players.

1. Welington Castillo

The Orioles' starting catcher ended the first half in a 2-for-29 slump, but he has some impressive defensive numbers. Castillo has thrown out 46 percent (12 of 26) of baserunners in 45 games. That's better than he's done in any season.

When Castillo signed with the Orioles last December, he agreed to a one-year contract with a $7 million player option for 2018. Castillo is probably the most tradable Oriole, and a catcher-needy team looking at him should realize he'll probably be a rental.

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