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[FoxSports.Com] Astros will pursue free agent Luis Castillo

Discussion in 'Houston Astros' started by rikesh316, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. rikesh316

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    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7404158

    By: Ken Rosenthal

    The Mets recently re-signed Damion Easley, who turns 38 on Nov. 11, and their other internal possibilities include Ruben Gotay and Anderson Hernandez. None, however, is considered a proven everyday player.

    Outside of the Mets and Astros, the market for Castillo appears limited.

    The Padres, who recently parted with Marcus Giles, are another club that plans to promote from within rather than spend big at second.

    The White Sox, last in the majors in on-base/slugging percentage in the leadoff spot last season, would appear an excellent fit for Castillo, but the team plans to use Danny Richar at second while seeking upgrades in center field and possibly shortstop.

    The Astros also intend to pursue a center fielder with the intention of moving Hunter Pence to right. However, the top free-agent center fielders — Torii Hunter, Andruw Jones and Aaron Roward — might prove too expensive for their budget.

    A trade for a younger center fielder is possible, or the Astros could keep Pence in center and sign a right-handed hitting corner outfielder to platoon with Luke Scott in right.
     
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    The Mets, competing in a thin market for free-agent second basemen, will face a stiff challenge in their quest to re-sign Luis Castillo.

    The Astros are preparing to make a strong run at Castillo, according to major-league sources, envisioning him as a replacement for Craig Biggio, who retired at the end of the season.
    Castillo, 32, would be a defensive upgrade over Biggio at second, and his .368 career on-base percentage and speed would benefit the Astros in the leadoff spot.

    After Castillo, the top free-agent second baseman is the Rockies' Kaz Matsui. The Rockies plan to offer Matsui a two-year deal and are prepared to use internal solutions if they deem his price to be too high.

    Matsui, 32, would not be an option for the Mets after his disappointing run with them from 2004 to '06. Cardinals free-agent shortstop David Eckstein, 32, could appeal to the Mets, but he has not played second since 2001.








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    The Mets recently re-signed Damion Easley, who turns 38 on Nov. 11, and their other internal possibilities include Ruben Gotay and Anderson Hernandez. None, however, is considered a proven everyday player.

    Outside of the Mets and Astros, the market for Castillo appears limited.

    The Padres, who recently parted with Marcus Giles, are another club that plans to promote from within rather than spend big at second.

    The White Sox, last in the majors in on-base/slugging percentage in the leadoff spot last season, would appear an excellent fit for Castillo, but the team plans to use Danny Richar at second while seeking upgrades in center field and possibly shortstop.

    The Astros also intend to pursue a center fielder with the intention of moving Hunter Pence to right. However, the top free-agent center fielders — Torii Hunter, Andruw Jones and Aaron Roward — might prove too expensive for their budget.

    A trade for a younger center fielder is possible, or the Astros could keep Pence in center and sign a right-handed hitting corner outfielder to platoon with Luke Scott in right.
     
  3. Mr. Clutch

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    So they are giving up on Burke?
     
  4. rikesh316

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    Who cares he isn't that good anyway. Castillo is a gold glove defender who rarely strikesout and has a solid OBP.
     
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    burke hasnt shown us anything :mad:
     
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    This is a move that makes a lot of sense. Instead of making a lateral move offensively (Rowand/Hunter to Scott) and wasting a lot of money, this is a cost-efficient move that significantly upgrades the offense at one of our weak spots.

    In addition, Castillo's consistent .360 OBP and low strikeout total would give the Astros their first legitimate leadoff hitter in a long time.
     
  7. Mr. Clutch

    Mr. Clutch Contributing Member

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    This guy gives the Astros the speed they have sorely been missing since they traded Willy Taveras, who posted a .360 OBP this year in Colorado.
     
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    Of course, Taveras' high OBP in 97 games is a clear outlier from the rest of his career, whereas Castillo has posted the following OBPs in the last six seasons:

    .364, .381, .373, .391, .358, .362

    Get back to us when Taveras does it in more than half of one season.
     
  9. rikesh316

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    The 2nd baseman market isn't good for veteran players. Last year Ronny Belliard and Mark Loretta couldn’t find jobs even though they had decent years the year before. I expect him to get like a 2 or 3 year deal for 5 million a year which is reasonable. The Mets have other options like Damion Easley, Marlon Anderson, and Ruben Gotey so hopefully they don’t get into a bidding war.
     
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    This is a great markets for teams in need of a centerfielder like the Astros with players like Hunter, Rowand, A.Jones, Cameron, and Corey Patterson.
     
  11. Air Langhi

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    If you look at his career trends willy has made a progression. Timmy screwed up with that trade.
     
  12. kaleidosky

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    good move assuming it doesn't get ridiculously expensive. He's good and fills a need if we want less question marks heading into this season. Clearly we're going to have a lot again.. the key is to at least get some of those changed to "definites"--even if the definite isn't spectacular.
     
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    If you look at Chris Burke's career trends, he seemed destined to be a good player after 2006. What happened?

    Even young players have fluke seasons, especially when they miss 60+ games with injuries. Taveras' walk rate didn't really improve. Neither did his gap power. His BABIP was sky high. The only difference between Willy's 2007 and his 2005/2006 is that more of his bloop singles fell in, which absolutely screams fluke.

    I'll make anyone any tip jar bet they want -- $50, $100, I don't care -- that Castillo has a higher OBP in 2008 than Taveras. And I'm pretty sure it won't even be close.
     
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    they found out about burke?
     
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    If you look at Jennnings' career trends, he looked like a #2, he isnt even a legit #5. What happened?
     
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    Would be a great move. Especially if they can use Burke in a trade for a starting pitcher.
     
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    Exactly... thus why "career trends" aren't all that relevant when the sample size is one season (or in Taveras' case, half of one season).
     
  18. SamCassell

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    Forget the great leadoff hitting... Castillo's selling point to me is the defense at 2B. He's a huge upgrade over Biggio there. To the point that we could sacrifice some defense at SS and still be as good an up-the-middle defensive team as we have been for the past few seasons.
     
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    Castillo would be a pretty solid pickup. His defense is outstanding.
     
  20. Brando2101

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    The rest of his Career? Are you kidding me? He has played for THREE seasons!
    Outliers are are placed amid many other pieces of data. Don't use terms like that if you don't understand them.


    Guys improve gradually in their first few years.

    As you said, he had those stats in 97 games...by my count that is for more than half of one season.
     

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