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.