Phillies reportedly sign Juan Castro

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The Phillies appear to have found a utility infielder in the ranks of free agency. PhillyBaseballRumors.com is reporting that the Phillies have signed Dodgers infielder Juan Castro to a one-year deal with an option for 2011.

Juan Castro isn't exactly the biggest free agent out there, but he would seem to fit the bill for the kind of player that the Phillies were hoping to find.

He can play at second, short and third and give a good defensive effort at all three spots. And, he has a decent bat, or at least he did last season with Los Angeles.

Castro's agent Oscar Suarez initially said that no signing was imminent as of this morning, but things apparently changed quickly. By mid-afternoon, there were a number of reports that had Castro inking a one-year deal with a club option for 2011. The only thing needed to complete the deal was for Castro to pass a physical, which may not take place until after Thanksgiving, which means the signing may not be officially announced until next week.

While Castro is a career .230 hitter, he hit .277 last season with the Dodgers. During the previous two seasons with Cincinnati and Baltimore, he hit a combined .188 in 115 games.

With the Dodgers, Castro played primarily at short, but also played at second and third and spent parts of two games as a left fielder.

In 12 major league seasons, Castro is a .196 (20-for-102) as a pinch-hitter.

Manager Charlie Manuel has said that he would like to be able to give Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley a few more days off during the season without losing too much offense. The Phillies hope that Castro could be the answer to that situation for the Phillies.

Juan Castro's career stats

Year
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
BA
OBP
SLG
1995 Los Angeles
11
4
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
.250
.400
.250
1996 Los Angeles
70
132
16
26
5
3
0
5
10
27
.197
.254
.280
1997 Los Angeles
40
75
3
11
3
1
0
4
7
20
.147
.220
.213
1998 Los Angeles
89
220
25
43
7
0
2
14
15
37
.195
.245
.255
1999 Los Angeles
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
.000
.000
.000
2000 Cincinnati
82
224
20
54
12
2
4
23
14
33
.241
.283
.366
2001 Cincinnati
96
242
27
54
10
0
3
13
13
50
.223
.261
.302
2002 Cincinnati
54
82
5
18
3
0
2
11
7
18
.220
.278
.329
2003 Cincinnati
113
320
28
81
14
1
9
33
18
58
.253
.290
.388
2004 Cincinnati
111
299
36
73
21
2
5
26
14
51
.244
.277
.378
2005 Minnesota
97
272
27
70
18
1
5
33
9
39
.257
.279
.386
2006 Minnesota
50
156
10
36
5
2
1
14
6
23
.231
.258
.308
2006 Cincinnati
54
95
8
27
5
1
2
14
5
13
.284
.320
.421
2007 Cincinnati
54
89
5
16
5
0
0
5
4
21
.180
.211
.236
2008 Cincinnati
7
10
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.000
.091
.000
2008 Baltimore
54
151
15
31
6
0
2
16
10
26
.205
.256
.285
2009 Los Angeles
57
112
18
31
4
0
1
9
6
25
.277
.311
.339
TOTALS
1041
2484
244
572
118
13
36
220
140
443
.230
.270
.332


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