Welington Castillo became a free agent after the Arizona Diamondbacks did not tender him a contract for 2017. Brad Mangin/MLB Photos/Getty Images
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Free agent Welington Castillo is the Baltimore Orioles’ primary catching target, according to reports from BaltimoreBaseball.com and the Baltimore Sun.

Rumor CentralCiting industry sources, Baltimore Baseball’s Dan Connolly reports that the Orioles are in discussions with Castillo’s representatives. The O’s talked with Castillo’s camp at winter meetings, which ended Thursday, and “there is optimism that a multiyear deal could get done.”

Castillo became a free agent after the Arizona Diamondbacks did not tender him a contract for 2017. According to the Baltimore Sun’s Eduardo A. Encina, the $5.9 million Castillo was projected to make in his third arbitration-eligible year was too high a cost for the Diamondbacks.

Elite Womens Merril Hoge Jersey That makes this winter a dangerous one for MLB execs. Just because the talent level available is weak doesn’t mean the money dries up and baseball is awash in cash. A lot of bucks will be chasing very few prizes, and in such an environment, some noodle-scratcher contracts will come to pass. Stephen Strasburg got a pretty nice contract extension from the Nationals, but I think if he hit free agency under these circumstances, someone might have just given him their team.

Below we have the players with the top 25 free-agent valuations, as projected by the ZiPS projection system. This is not necessarily what each player will get paid or what he should expect to get paid, though there’s obvious correlation. Rather, these are estimated valuations of what a player’s contribution in wins is worth. In other words, this is how much ZiPS says the player is worth. Keep in mind that not every team is concerned with being the most efficient; teams in win-now mode with an obvious hole might rightly overpay to enhance their current core as much as they can.

Players are ranked by their average yearly salary, or A.A.V. (average annual value), beginning with the most expensive.