Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Finally, That Big Trade Deadline Move We've Been Anticipating

That's right, Juan Castro is back with the Dodgers:

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed veteran utility man Juan Castro, who played for them all of last season, to a minor league contract less than two weeks after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Although both Oscar Suarez, Castro's Phoenix-based agent, and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said there were no guarantees written into the deal, it stands to reason Castro probably will be one of the minor league players the Dodgers will promote for the September roster expansion.

Castro, 38, signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Phillies last winter after appearing in 57 games for the Dodgers last season, batting .277. Suarez said the Dodgers came calling within minutes of Castro's release by the Phillies and said signing with them made sense for Castro, who was originally signed by the club out of Mexico in 1991, spent his first five major league seasons with the Dodgers before being traded to Cincinnati in April 2000 and aspires to work for the Dodgers in some capacity after his playing career ends.

Castro presently is working out at the Dodgers' spring training facility, [and] will join Triple-A Albuquerque when the Isotopes open their next homestand on Aug. 4 against Sacramento.

Hear that, Dodger fans? Ned Colletti came calling within minutes of Castro's release! We're working the phones! Viva Cuba!

tangentially related photo courtesy UK Daily Mail


Kyle Baker said...

I'm going to smoke a big old cigar in his honor now.

Fidel's honor, I mean, not Juan.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Colletti must have looked up the wrong number in the yellow pages. He wanted Castrol Edge, not Castro, Juan.

Steve Sax said...

Jon Weisman's headline: "Dodgers just can't quit Juan Castro". Nice.

Ken said...

i was thinking the dodgers needed more bullpen arms and outfielders. they have enough infielders

Alex Cora said...

I wonder if this is move in order to trade one of our infielders for a big name pitcher or batter.