While 18 players from the Dominican Republic were rejected by their club for selection for the World Baseball Classic (WBC), the first one to not attend came out.
Seattle Mariners President Jerry Dipoto said at a press conference held at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington, USA on the 2nd (Korean time), “Luis Castillo will not compete in the WBC.”
Castillo made his debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 2017 and changed his uniform to the Seattle Mariners during last season. Castillo recorded an average ERA of 2.86 in 14 games with Cincinnati last year, and 4-2 with a 3.17 ERA in 11 games with Seattle. His career record in the majors was 48-55 with a 3.59 earned run average in 148 games.
Seattle signed a five-year, $108 million (approximately 131.6 billion won) contract extension in September of last year after Castillo continued to show good performances even after moving the team. Castillo receives an annual salary of 10 million dollars (approximately 12.1 billion won) for the 2023 season, and an annual salary of 22.75 million dollars (approximately 27.7 billion won) from 2024 to 2027 season.
Currently, the Dominican Republic is struggling to make the final roster for the WBC team. This is because 18 of the 50 players included in the preliminary list were rejected by their clubs to be selected for the national team. Although the specific list has not been released, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays), a ‘superstar’ from the Dominican Republic, has expressed his meaning through social media, “I wish it wasn’t me.”
According to the US ‘Seattle Times’, Castillo will not compete in the WBC. The media explained, “Seattle, which had the experience of a player injured in the last WBC, was naturally reluctant to pitch in the WBC ace (Castillo),” and “Castillo agreed not to play in the WBC.”
Seattle has a bad memory for the WBC. Drew Smiley (Chicago Cubs), who belonged to Seattle in the past, suffered an elbow injury in the WBC and underwent Tommy John surgery, and King Felix Hernandez also suffered an arm injury after returning from the WBC, and did not properly play the 2017 season. 스포츠토토
“Castillo will be with us in spring camp,” Dipoto said. “We are delighted that Castillo will not compete in the WBC. it was emphasized that
Seattle was happy that Castillo did not compete in the WBC, but will likely allow other players to compete in the WBC. The Seattle Times said, “American League Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez, Teosca Hernandez, and Diego Castillo are likely to play,” and “Eugenio Suarez (Venezuela), Matt Brassey (Canada), Matt Festa (Italy), and Harry Ford ( Great Britain) will participate as a representative of each country.”
However, not everything has been confirmed. The ‘Seattle Times’ said, “The WBC roster is still in flux,” adding, “Some players may be called up to the national team at different times during the WBC.”