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Red Rover
11-20-2006, 12:33 PM
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports the Cincinnati Reds are close to signing free-agent C Alberto Castillo (Nationals) to a minor-league contract with the hopes he will compete for a backup job in spring training.

WVRedsFan
11-20-2006, 12:40 PM
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports the Cincinnati Reds are close to signing free-agent C Alberto Castillo (Nationals) to a minor-league contract with the hopes he will compete for a backup job in spring training.

Huh?

You mean Ross, Larue, and Valentin and we still need a backup catcher? Something must be brewing. Has to be.

IamWallaman
11-20-2006, 12:51 PM
Huh?

You mean Ross, Larue, and Valentin and we still need a backup catcher? Something must be brewing. Has to be.

What we need is someone beyond those three. Our minor league Cs are next to worthless right now.

Anyone have his stats available? (I'll look in the meantime)

savafan
11-20-2006, 12:52 PM
Where is Sardinha? I thought he was the perpetual minor league catcher!

RedsManRick
11-20-2006, 12:53 PM
Who is in the market for a catcher right now -- either starter or capable backup? The Sox and Yankees come immediately to mind.

Heath
11-20-2006, 12:57 PM
Where is Sardinha? I thought he was the perpetual minor league catcher!

Dane's still trying to hit out of a paper sack.

And he's 30.

The new minor league perpetual catcher's gonna be Miguel Perez.

larks
11-20-2006, 01:02 PM
Im wondering if the Tribune has mixed up its info. Last I heard (from Rotoworld) Castillo was close to signing a minor league contract with the RED Sox.

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=MLB&id=2074

TOBTTReds
11-20-2006, 01:23 PM
I've heard the name Gregg Zaun thrown around the grapevine. No link or source that I can speak of, but I've heard it. Take it for what it is worth, bc I heard it from someone close to Zaun.

savafan
11-20-2006, 01:27 PM
I heard that Zaun was seeking around $3 million a year. Pass...

fewfirstchoice
11-20-2006, 01:30 PM
If the Reds sign another C in the next couple days or weeks look for a deal or 2 involving Larue or and Ross.

Will M
11-20-2006, 01:36 PM
this would be just another of Krisky's minor moves. low or zero cost with potential to help the club.

no big deal.

Team Clark
11-20-2006, 03:58 PM
I'll take Castillo. Good juice behind the plate.

RedsManRick
11-20-2006, 03:59 PM
Zaun is a bit like Dave Ross, with a little more patience and a little less power. Passable defender with a middling arm but enough stick to keep value. He'd be a good fit some place that has a great defensive but crap offensive catcher like Houston, StL, or Oakland.

Degenerate39
11-20-2006, 04:10 PM
Can't go wrong with a 4-headed monster

IslandRed
11-20-2006, 05:24 PM
Huh?

You mean Ross, Larue, and Valentin and we still need a backup catcher? Something must be brewing. Has to be.

That didn't take long, did it?

Castillo appears to be the epitome of the replacement-level journeyman. My guess is they're just looking for a veteran to stash at Louisville in case of an injury to Ross or Valentin.

oneupper
11-20-2006, 05:30 PM
That didn't take long, did it?

Castillo appears to be the epitome of the replacement-level journeyman. My guess is they're just looking for a veteran to stash at Louisville in case of an injury to Ross or Valentin.

...and THAT does make sense.

johngalt
11-20-2006, 05:39 PM
He'll be 37 when the season starts, so this one would make TOTAL sense.

remdog
11-21-2006, 05:08 AM
We've got two backup catchers. What we need now is someone that's qualified to start 120 games. :help:

Rem