The 37-year-old infielder is a veteran of 15 seasons and hit .277/.311/.399 in 121 plate appearances with the Dodgers last season. The Dodgers are trying to resign him, according to the report on FoxSports.
Beerleaguer: Very marginal, aging bench option from the right side with no speed, no bat and practically no time spent in the outfield. In some ways, Eric Bruntlett offers more versatility. He’s a career .230/.270/.332 hitter between four clubs, his best years coming as a semi-regular player with Cincinnati between 2000 and 2004, then winning a starting shortstop job briefly with Minnesota based on his glove. Not exactly a step forward from an offensive standpoint, even from Bruntlett, and according to Fangraphs, not much to write home about defensively, at any position, these days. The Dodgers inked him to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training last season and he was called up in early April. Considering his age and limited skill set, this needs to be of the minor league variety to make any sense at all; he's seen considerable time in the minors all throughout his career.
I won't pretend to be the foremost expert on Juan Castro, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he's a defensive upgrade over Bruntlett and Cairo, but for the Phillies to truly take a step forward, they need someone who can hold his own with the stick. After all, he will be playing behind Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, so his primary responsibility will be to pinch hit.
Update: Todd Zolecki is reporting that the two sides are close to a deal, possibly of the Major League variety for one year, worth less than $1 million with a 2011 club option. Scott Lauber says Castro's agent, Oscar Suarez, says it's just a matter of passing a physical. If true, congratulations, Oscar Suarez, on becoming the best agent in baseball.