Washington Nationals: Three options behind the plate

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: The Washington Nationals logo on the scoreboard after a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: The Washington Nationals logo on the scoreboard after a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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Jason Castro

Next up on the list of potential catching options for the Washington Nationals is Jason Castro. Castro presents another veteran option behind the plate, often more lauded for his defensive capabilities than his hitting performances.

Certainly, the 33-year-old is not in the same defensive category as Molina. But, then again, there’s no catcher in the MLB that lives up to Molina’s defensive prowess. Castro doesn’t present elite defensive capabilities in terms of arm strength or holding runners, but he’s considered a highly valuable asset for a pitching staff. The 10-year MLB veteran is known for his ability to call a game behind the plate and frame pitches.

Castro hit free agency after a split-season with the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres. Last season, he hit .188/.293/.375 with two home runs and nine RBIs. These numbers are not ideal and don’t stray too far off his career averages. Throughout 10 years of big-league experience, Castro owns a career hitting line of .230/.312/.390.

On the heels of one of his worst seasons at the plate, the Nationals would be able to sign Castro for relatively cheap. Still, this plan hinges on him contributing defensively and Gomes picking up the slack on offense.