Player: Juan Castro
Acquired: signed a one-year deal with a 2011 in early December.
2009 Stats: (w/ LA Dodgers) – 57 games, 112 AB, 18 runs, 31 hits, 1 HR, 9 RBI, .277 Avg., .311 OBP
Intangibles: The Phillies signed Castro as a replacement for Eric Bruntlett. The 37-year old is a veteran infielder that can play all positions, including outfield. He’s a better hitter than Bruntlett and is coming off of a solid season as a bench player for LA with a .277 average. He is not a base swiper so don’t expect him thrown in there for speed purposes.
Expectations: I expect him to do better than Bruntlett, which should not be hard. He’ll start some games at short and second and hopefully give Charlie Manuel the confidence to do so when he wants to rest Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.