Twins officially sign Castro, Ryan to Phillies 01 Dec 16

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have signed former Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro to a three-year contract worth $24.5 million.

The deal was agreed to last week and finalized Wednesday. Castro will make $8.5 million in 2017, $8 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019. He became a free agent after six seasons with the Astros, hitting .232 with 114 doubles, 62 home runs, 212 RBIs and 215 walks in 617 career games. The left-handed batter hit .210 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs last year.

Castro, a first-round draft pick in 2008, is well-regarded for his ability to work with pitchers. He was an All-Star in 2013, when he hit a career-best .276 with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs.

Castro will replace Kurt Suzuki, who became a free agent.

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have hired former Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan as a special assignment scout.

Philadelphia announced the appointment Wednesday, about 4½ months after Ryan was fired in the middle of his 19th season as GM of the Twins. Ryan spent 31 years with the organization, starting in 1986 as the scouting director. During his time running the baseball operations department, from 1994-2007 and 2012-16, the Twins won four division titles.

Ryan’s first job in the major leagues was as Midwest scouting supervisor for the New York Mets from 1980-85.

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said in a statement that Ryan’s “work ethic, loyalty and track record as a talent evaluator are simply unparalleled.”