BY SHAY RODDY
The last couple weeks, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has went to work, made some phone calls, eaten lunch, took some phone calls, had some meetings, and then headed home. Story of the off-season, huh?
But, today was a little different, given that multiple reports have hit the internet regarding some bench help for the Phillies. Now, David Murphy, from the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the deal is done, pending a physical.
Dave can say it much more official and he has some sources, which is awful official sounding, so I’ll just let you read what the Daily News beat writer says:
He doesn’t have a beard. But the Phillies apparently think Juan Castro can replace Eric Bruntlett in other regards. A source familiar with talks between the club and the veteran infielder said the two sides have agreed in principle on a one-year major league deal with a club option, pending a physical that likely will not occur until Castro returns from vacation next week.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. could not immediately be reached for comment.
Castro’s a name that a lot of people haven’t heard before. He hit .277 with a .311 on base percentage in just 112 at-bats for the Dodgers last season. He has experience starting and coming off the bench and is a capable shortstop, which Murphy points out is rare to find on the free-agent market these days.
Will he be a major contributor, likely not. But, he looks like a slight upgrade from Bruntlett and will help out more for online sports betting.