When it comes to listing Major League Baseball’s best young catchers who have the most overall potential to be the next round of catching legends, Jason Castro’s name is not far from the top of the list. The Houston Astros young catcher is definitely one of the more highly regarded young backstops in the game and most certainly deserves that status as he continues to prove his worth year in and year out.
Because of the good that Castro has shown the Astros have been apparently interested in, or supposed to have been interested in signing Castro to a contract extension. While many expected this to happen before the 2014 season, there is really no reason that the Astros should feel terribly obligated to do so just yet. Actually as good as it sounds to do so now it probably makes a lot more sense for them to wait a little bit.
Castro will get annual raises from salary arbitration as long as he continues to produce the way he has but he still has only a few basically full MLB seasons under his belt. There is little doubt that he will be a productive catcher for some time but one or two more injuries could change everything or even move him from the backstop position as we have seen from other players.
Basically I think the Astros really want to extend Castro and they might well do so within the next few weeks. I think it might make a lot more sense however to wait one more season. He won’t be free agent material until 2017 so they have plenty of time. Castro could benefit from the added time because one more year of steady or increased production would mean his longer-term deal would be worth quite a bit more money. It seems to make plenty of sense if both sides wait another season.