Phillies, Castro Agree to Terms

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, November 24, 2009 03:25 PM | Comments: 88

The Phillies reportedly agreed to a deal with utility infielder Juan Castro, pending a physical.  The deal is for one year with a club option for 2011.  The deal might not be officially announced until next week. 

Castro will fill Eric Bruntlett’s spot on the roster.  The 37-year old batted .277 in 112 at-bats with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.  Castro was given a minor league contract worth $700,000 in 2009.  If the deal is official, it is unlikely to exceed that price.

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  • Posts: 0 JeffR

    Castro had a higher OBP last year than our leadoff hitter.

  • Posts: 0 bob

    HOLD UP?! We didn’t sign Babe Ruth to be our 24-25th man?!

    Amaro is an IDIOT……fire him immediately for this joke of a roster he put together.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff


    Its a one year deal with a club option for less than a million dollars. It specifically states he is to be Eric Bruntletts replacement. What is the major issue here? Why are you all upset that they signed someone to replace Bruntlett? Im happy they got it out of the way early.

    Marco Scutaro and Mark DeRosa are NOT going to sign to be backups this early in free agency. They BOTH will likely be starters somewhere, or at least be on a team that can give them more PT as a back up (as in, one that has WORSE starters at those positions) than the Phillies could offer. Maybe Juan Uribe wanted more PT, and Vizquel wanted more $ obviously.

    To complain about a move like this is kind of just – mentally ill almost.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    I like this signing because its for really cheap. But I also think this guy has a really good agent. He got his client a nice, comfortable deal early on a good team with a chance to win a World Series again.

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    According to that article it’s a one year deal with a club option for 2011 for about $750,00. He sounds like a character guy who is defensively oriented and can play ALL infield positions as well as OF, what’s the problem here?

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I like the move… as it stands, bench players are so moot on this team. We need character guys and money to keep our core in tact. Juan Castro is cheap and he’s a good character guy. Would have loved to see RAJ spend the extra cash to get a super-utility like Derosa but that would mean that we would have less money available to re-sign our guys and less money for a slick 3B so in the end that would probably be a bad move.

    I was thinking about something… we need a third basemen now and in the future. We don’t have one on the farm… as much as I would love to see us make a run at Adrian Beltre, I’m not sure if we’ll get him… I’m just not sure if Rube is ready to drop the kind of money that Scott Boras is going to be asking. So then I started thinking about other long-term candidates… guys that are either free agents or going to become free agents on bad teams. Jhonny Peralta’s name jumped out at me… we have had some success dealing with Cleveland (see Lee, Cliff) and he’s a free agent next year so they would be eager to get something for him. He’s not a great defensive 3B but he’s adequate with the bat and in the field…

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Im thinking Polanco or DeRosa at 3rd now….Beltre may take took long to sign because of Boras.

    And you know what>? Since I feel Polanco wont be offered Arbitration, Im OK with either of those two signings, then you get the ebst cheapo backup catcher you can find, and spend the rest of the money on pitching.

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I would be very happy to see PP back in Philly, don’t know much about DeRosa so I can’t really be too objective, but I like PP ALOT, clutch hitter and good fielder.

    Chuck, I don’t know that guy you’re talking about, but when you say “not a great defensive 3b”, I start to twitch a little.

  • Posts: 0 Phils fan in NYC

    did you see the quote from castro’s agent:

    “[The Phillies] probably need a guy who can play shortstop if Jimmy Rollins needs a day off or he gets thrown out of a game or he needs a break at the end of a game,” Suarez said.

    i like how he tossed in that jroll might get tossed out of a few games. has he ever been tossed? i don’t think i’ve seen it.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    and then when we get the best cheap backup catcher we can find..

    we’ll all have to sit here and read people bitching that Paul Bako or whoever else “SUCKS” .. “HE’S TERRIBLE”… “WTF AMARO !??” ..etc..

    but reality is, that you need to spend money on pitching..

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I think he means like when Jimmy gets benched for a few days, which has happened before…

  • Posts: 0 George

    “Adequate” is not an upgrade, and Peralta would cost another player. With a mostly left-handed starting rotation, the Phils definitely need defense at third, because they’ll be facing a lot of right-handed pull hitters. A good hitter would be nice, but a good fielder is more important.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Agreed. But, there are few cheapo guys on the FA list who arent all that bad. How bad would Schnieder be as a backup really? Barrett? Theyll play for cheap too probably in this market….

    Bako wasnt bad for a bottom three roster spot guy….

    If a guy like Bako, Castro, and Mayberry are your last three position players on the roster, thats really not so bad. I woudl PREFER an upgrade for the final outfield spot, but again, its a 5TH OUTFIELDER. He wont play much. They just need a better pinch hitter than Mayberry who is younger than Matt Stairs.

    And yes, spend the rest of it (after 3B) on pitching.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Forget Figgins, and if Beltre wants too much money forget him too…

    Polanco OR DeRosa, cheapo backup catcher, 5th OF (which we can really actually find internally during ST, not a real urgent need), then you go best reliver you can afford to sign really…then maybe a cheap reliever or two – even if its on minor league deals as ST fodder, then the best 4th or 5th Starter you can afford who is right handed.

  • Posts: 0 George

    I think we’ll here the same “WTF Amaro?!!” when the Phils start to sign pitchers. For some fans, no one is good enough. There were plenty of gripes when the Phils got Lee and Francisco instead of Halladay, and there will be more when the Red Sox or Angels get him. Should the Phils sign Marquis, people will say they should have gone for Sheets. If they sign Sheets, it should have been Harden. Harden should have been Piniero, Piniero should have been Bedard.

    I’d take Schnieder, but I’m not as keen on Barrett. But Geoff is right; there are a lot of options, and the catchers out there will either have to play for cheap or not play at all. Still, no matter what, we’ll hear sarcastic remarks about calling Daulton back from retirement.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Schneider would be a great fit.. but wouldn’t he cost at least like $2 Million?

    Red Sox are interested in Kelvim Escobar (who was my pick for an under the radar guy that would be a GREAT fit here.. )

    I’ve now come to realization that I am 100% fine with whatever decisions the Phillies make for their 3b spot

    They’ve proven to me that they know what it takes, they know how much to value offense vs. defense vs. payroll … wants vs. needs. . etc.

    I didn’t think I would be a big fan of DeRosa, but honestly, he would look great in our lineup

    I didn’t think I would be a big fan of Polanco, but he’s a sure-thing #2 hitter.. something this team really needs is consistency and a tough-out in the lineup

    I really thought I would like Beltre defensively, and in the lineup … and while I don’t think he’ll command anything CRAZY $$$ .. he might be a little too expensive, or want too many years on his contract

    so whatever they decide to do.. I’ll be happy with. .

    and give Thanks

  • Posts: 0 George

    “Here” should have been “Hear.”

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Schneider will turn 33 tomrw.. I thought he was like 36+ years old

    he made $4.9 M the past two years..

    He won’t come all that cheap, but I would LOVE him as our backup catcher..

    but I think a lot of other teams would too

  • Posts: 0 George

    2 million for Schnieder wouldn’t break the bank. Backup catcher is a far more important position than utility infielder, especially when Ruiz has a history of neck issues. I’m sure the front office realizes that. If they have to, they’ll pay more than they would for a bench bat or fifth outfielder.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Schnieder will have to settle for 2-2.5M I think…but I dont know Id pay a backup catcher that much…

    Ruiz will get a raise too, and hes got that position locked in until they develop a kid a few more years down the line. They have prospects at catcher, but none of them are really closer than 2 years away.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I want to see what happens with Marson, Carrasco, Donald in cLEEvland this year..

    I’ll be keeping an eye on those guys for their entire careers

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Yeah. didnt Carrasco bomb his debut? those three will likely be on the major league roster to start the season though.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Does Correia have any value as a #4 or #5? 4.18 era away. The Pads might not tender if the can’t accomadatea deal.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    I think on the Phillies hed be a 5 with a short leash…

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    yea.. he wasn’t really ready to pitch in the Majors.. but they had nothing else, so they bumped him up

    Correia does a nice job, I wouldn’t mind having him on our team, but Im sure there will be LOTS of teams interested

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    AW Man, Carrasco first 5 starts:

    @BOS: 3.1 IP 9H 3ER 1BB/1K
    DET: 5IP 6H 4ER 3BB/0K
    KC: 6IP 8H 4ER 1BB/3K
    TEX: 5IP 8H 5ER 3BB/4K
    @DET: 3IP 9H 6ER 3BB/3K

    Wow, I feel sorry for him actually. Thats terrible.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    That right there is why you dont rush Drabek up this season. If hes dominating by the all star break, then maybe you bring him up for a few starts. Otherwise, you wait it out.

    They had no business putting Carrasco in there and he got LIT UP. That can ruin a guy for good sometimes.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    If the Pads are not going to tender Correia he becomes a FA, right? If so what would it take for Kouzmanoff and Correia? Just trying to think of alternatives to older 3b that cost big bucks.

  • Posts: 0 DaveG

    I believe Polanco is the best guy for this team at 3B. You can move him to 2B to rest Utley and let Dobbs play 3rd making his bat more effective off the bench as well. Getting Castro doesn’t negate the validity of picking up another versatile player like Polanco. Could do the same with DeRosa and I would not complain. But I agree with Don about Polanco- this lineup needs a tough out….a fundamentally sound, situational hitter who can move runners. As for that 5th starter role…anybody else notice the improvement in Kendrick at the end of last season?

  • Posts: 0 Don M


    I wouldn’t trust Kyle Kendrick to get me, you, or anyone else OUT ..

    He’s not an effective pitcher for a team with World Series aspirations

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Becuase hes going to be non tenedered so you can get him for cheaper instead of paying 4-5 million in arbitration for him…its the same reason NOBODY will trade for Garrett Atkins because NOBODY wants to pay him 7M+. Just wait two more weeks or so and youll get him for nothing…

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Kendrick would be a long reliever on this team. Id be ok with that. Thats about it though.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Drabek has a different mental makeup than Carrasco… Carlos always struggled with changes in scenery. I’m not sure if it was the pressure or a confidence issue but it seemed to take him a little while to adapt at every level. He’ll be an ok pitcher someday… they have to give him some time.

    Speaking of 5th OF’ers… Mayberry is hitting again; .312 with 7 HR for Obregon. Taylor had a minor elbow strain early on but he’s adapting and playing well, too. Another notable… Neil Sellers. I know that nobody is high on this kid but he’s hitting .371 with 3 HR and hit .317 at AA Reading last season with 17 HR (he has never hit lower than .271 in any given season). Best of all, he plays 3B.

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I saw Sellers play at Reading this year, that night he was hitting like crazy, but the guy who REALLY stood out was Freddy Galvis, who had just been brought up. He has that natural ability at SS, made a few awesome plays, it’s really exciting to see young guys like that in their developing years. I didn’t think I’d enjoy a minor league game as much as I did, but it helps that our farm teams actually have some real talent now.

  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    Careful calling Sellers a “kid.” I’m guessing that he will be 27 or 28 by next spring.

  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    Talking about back up catchers, what about Pudge, would he cost a lot. That would be nice, he has played in big games and would be decent guy to spell Chooch once every two weeks or so. Not sure what his price tag would be, but I know he is out there looking for a team

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