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Anybody need a third baseman?
2006-07-19 13:43
by Bob Timmermann

The Padres have released Vinny Castilla in order to bring up pitcher Mike Thompson.

Will the Padres still be able to win the NL West without Castilla's .579 OPS?

The linked story indicates that the Padres players are not happy with the move. Apparently Castilla provides more than his extraordinarily putrid stat line indicates. Maybe he springs for dinner after games frequently.

But with Castilla's production, the Veteran Presence® he provides should be able to light up PETCO Park.

2006-07-19 14:06:08
1.   Bluebleeder87
Castilla is 39 years old, although his D, is solid Dodger Stadium isn't colorado, He had a solid career maybe it's time to hang them up Castilla.
2006-07-19 14:08:52
2.   Bob Timmermann
The Padres players are reacting to this like there was a death in the family.

Castilla would be terrible at Dodger Stadium too.

I'm certain someone will pick him up.

2006-07-19 14:42:30
3.   Philip Michaels
This absolutely ruins my chances of winning the HACKING MASS contest over at Baseball Prospectus.

I hate you so much, Kevin Towers.

2006-07-19 17:50:34
4.   Kayaker7
Whenever I watch Castilla play, he seems to get a key hit. Looking at his numbers, I'm guessing he does nothing when I'm not watching. You think maybe he's trying to impress me?
2006-07-20 00:56:09
5.   Yu-Hsing Chen
If you want a bad 3rd basemen the Phillies and Indians are always on the block ;) ... if you want a really expensive one that everyone boos even when he wins a MVP and is a headcase and has a private jet and could probably buy down the team himself.... oh wait.

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