Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Prepare To Not Like...

Juan Castro. If you didn't like Eric Bruntlett, and c'mon who the hell did?, you won't like Juan Castro. Castro is older, but is every bit as crappy of a utility infielder that Bruntlett was/is. He can't hit, but he's versatile...well la-de-fricken-da! A Swiss Army Knife is versatile too, but you don't see the Yankees trying to sign one to backup their infielders next season. Cutting Bruntlett loose was a smart move by Ruben Amaro Jr; signing his elder Mexican brother was not. The Phillies are upping ticket prices, are coming off their best attendance ever and three straight years of playoffs, so open up the f'n wallet and sign someone worth a pinch of shit. No offense to Juan Castro, but a .230/.270/.332 dash line for a will be 38 year old next season is pathetic...Tomas Perez pisses on that. If you go off of last season alone, sure he's an upgrade over Bruntlett (.277/.650 Castro, .171/.462 Bruntlett). However, that was only 1 season of 112 at bats for Castro, the previous year ('08) he batted .193/.513 and in the year before that ('07) .180/.446...Bruntlett-esque. A very uninspired signing by Rube regardless of how cheap he comes.

Juan Castro is a veteran of 15 MLB seasons and has played for the Reds, Dodgers, Twins, and Orioles. SS, 2nd, and 3rd are his primary positions. Career line: .230 AVG, 244 r, 572 h, 118 2b, 13 3b, 36 hr, 220 rbi, 5 sb, .601 OPS.

~Carson

15 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Jerry Hairston Jr. would have been the perfect option here. Probably could have had him for 2 yr $4M. He can play all infield and outfield, plus has some pop in his bat and some wheels.

GM-Carson said...

A word from Castro's agent- "Who doesn't like the Phillies as an organization?" Suarez said. "You want to win. And who doesn't like Juan Castro? You want to have a superb utility man to back up the guys you have up the middle. We're trying to put this thing together. I think we're going to get it done."

*Ah, I don't like him!

Jay Ballz said...

This is only news because there's no other news right now....and because people grew to hate Bruntlett so much that, while we all thought "anyone" would be an upgrade, we are realizing that wasn't true.

To me, this seems to fit in with what the Phillies did last year by inviting Ozuna, Giles, and a few others to spring training, to compete for jobs with Bruntlett and Jason Donald. This will be low end depth for a reserve infielder spot. It's not the last signing the team will make, so I am okay with it.

Utility Derek said...

Hey Jay Ballz you would be ok with the phillies signing the Pillsbury doughboy. This move was stupid and in the end they will probably cut him at the end of spring traning. I agree with the GM...Hairston Jr. has the swagger and the wheels to add some late inning juice to this team. He would make a great addition. To bad we are now stuck with Castro and his interprator the whole way through spring training. I for one like the other castro better than this one. Maybe Howard will ask him to bring some cubans to clearwater.

Matty said...

Amaro has made some moves that have paid off. Let's give him a chance on this one too. Time will tell.

GM-Carson said...

I mostly like what Rube has done with the team, but for every Ibanez there is a Jack Taschner. Juan Castro is a waste of money and roster space, no benefit of the doubt given.

GM-Carson said...

Reports/rumors have Phils after Adrian Beltre, but he's represented by Scott Bora$$ who wants a 4 year deal for the 30 year old 3rd baseman coming off of injury. I hate that douche-nugget (Boras, not Beltre).

SirAlden said...

Phillies Targeting Adrian Beltre
By Mike Axisa [November 25 at 1:56pm CST]

Major league and team sources have indicated that Phillies' GM Ruben Amaro is targeting free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, according to Randy Miller of The Bucks County Courier Times. However, Amaro apparently knows that money may be an issue, because Scott Boras is "believed to be after a four-year deal."

GM-Carson said...

Pete and Repeat were on a boat. Pete jumped off. Who was left?

Andrew said...

Phillies Sign DeWayne Wise & Wilson Valdez

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/11/phillies-sign-dewayne-wise-wilson-valdez.html

Andrew said...

Wise - famous for saving Buerhle's perfect game this season with an amazing webgem catch.

Bob D said...

DeWayne Wise and Juan Valdez bring more bench players to the mix and good coffee for the clubhouse.

Safety in numbers???? Crap in numbers???? hmmm time will tell. I'd rather spend a bit more for a good bench. Of course a rule-5 darftee or a trade for a young player could bring in someone who may have more upside than the rotating door of cra utility players we have had for how many years now?

Dr. Steve said...

Am I alone in thinking Ibanez was NOT a good choice?

ck.seoexpert said...

i think it the good choice


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