Although you might not agree with all the additions Pat Gillick has made to the Phillies, you can't deny that he isn't trying to be creative in building a winner. Freddy Garcia, Wes Helms, Jayson Werth, Rod Barajas, Adam Eaton, and some Rule 5 guys will all be looked upon to help the Phils in 2007. Many people, including myself, are still scared about the dicey situation of the bullpen, as it has more leaks and is as stinky as a three day old Pampers diaper. Patty G still has Fatty Lieber in the corner pocket to deal for a reliever if he so chooses. But I think we're overlooking who could be a vital member of the bullpen that is already in our system. Yep, none other than the Legend & Lore of Fabio Castro!
Sure we could go sign some has-been bullpenner off the MLB scrap heap (Brian Meadows- yuck!), or we could go with youth that has a bit of a following here at WSBGM's. See, Fabio Castro came to the Phils in a surprise trade by Gillick, and then he was seldom used. In fact, with the Rangers and Phillies last season, Castro only pitched 31.2 innings. He was damn good in those innings though, with a 2.27 ERA and .98 WHIP. Tell me why Manuel didn't use him more and why we're not considering him as a viable candidate for next season's bullpen? That's right the talk in Philly is that Castro will go to Ottawa and become a starter. Just doesn't make sense to me. First off, the guy has only been a reliever in the minors and has an ERA of 2.41 in 4 minor league seasons with a strikeout per inning...don't mess with success. Second, he's only 5'7", hence the "say hello to my little friend", and that doesn't bode well for a pitcher at all especially in a starting capacity. Therefore, I say leave him in the role he knows best- reliever, and a promising one at that. So let my boy Fabio Castro come out firing from the bullpen like Tony Montana in Scarface.
Christmas was very kind to me as I spent quality time with the family, ate plenty of good food, and got some great gifts- best of all being XM Radio. I got both the car and home kit- kick ass!