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Season: 3.61
NL Average: 3.73
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Final Score: 7-5

Final Score: 4-2


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Final Score: 4-0

Final Score: 7-3


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Creeping Inexorably Toward A Worthwhile Sub-Heading.
Tuesday, December 02, 2003

One Option Gone

The Cubs are officially out of the Luis Castillo sweepstakes, as the Marlins have re-signed him to a three-year, $16M deal, with an incentive triggered fourth year that would make the contract worth over $21M. From the wire report, it sounds like Castillo will be guaranteed his fourth year by simply staying healthy this season.

I’m breathing a sigh of relief here. While this is a good PR move for the Marlins, I don’t think Castillo is a guy you lock up for four years. Once his speed goes, so does all of his value (it’s not like he gets his hits with ringing doubles into the gap), and there’s no telling when and if that might happen. With his history of a hip injury, and the already noticeable decline in his success rate in stealing bases, he seems like a risky proposition. Also, I still hold out some hope that the organization might be able to find a use for Brendan Harris at second base in 2005 or 2006, so I’m naturally down on any deal that would make him a cipher.

I still look at the remaining options as Vidro (fairly unlikely, but I can dream), Walker or Grudz, in that order. My fear, of course, is that this will push the organization to get Fernando Vina, since he’s left-handed and used to resemble a lead-off hitter. Let’s hope that nightmare doesn’t come to pass.

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