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Dodgers to get Alex Castellanos from Cardinals to complete Rafael Furcal trade

Jul 31, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

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The deal isn’t quite official yet, but Rafael Furcal has waived his 10-and-5 rights and will accept a trade to the Cardinals.

As for who the Dodgers will get in return, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch reports that it’ll be a one-for-one swap with Double-A outfielder Alex Castellanos going to Los Angeles.

Castellanos is hitting .319 with 19 homers and a .941 OPS in 93 games in Springfield, but he’s also a 25-year-old at Double-A with a mediocre track record full of middling power and terrible strikeout-to-walk ratios.

In other words, he’s exactly the type of prospect you’d expect Furcal to fetch at this point.

  1. paperlions - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Whew….that’s good news.

    • spudchukar - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      Yes, it is. I always follow his stats, but when I ask no one in the organization was particularly excited about him. Now if we can only land Bell without giving up any of our big 3 pitchers. Some rumors indicate it might include Kelly, who has a nasty sinker, but still has control issues. I saw him pitch against the Braves in Spring Training, and would hate to lose him, but sacrifices must be made even in the player procurement game.

      • paperlions - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM

        How much more room is there in the bullpen now? having added Scrabble, Dotel, and McClellan to it? And possibly getting Sanchez back at some point.

        I’d rather see them do something to get a viable 4th OF that results in Corey Patterson being DFAed, Bell seems a little more like a luxury now, with Berkman’s health, I think a solid 4th OF is a must…..then again, Craig could be nearing a return.

    • 78mu - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:25 PM

      That is good news. I was afraid Tony might be mad at Shelby Miller or Miller’s dad.

  2. paperlions - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Apparently, the Cardinals now intend to make Erriot the everyday 2B…that really negates any possible improvement Furcal could bring. WAR for Cardinal MIF this year:

    Punto: 1.4
    Skip: 0.7
    Descalso: 0.8
    Kozma(!): 0.1
    Greene: -0.1
    Erriot: 0.1 (back into the positive thanks to a nice game yesterday)

    Offensively, Erriot has been worse that Skip and Descalso….and defensively he has been much worse. All of his “value” comes from standing at SS (granting him a large positive positional adjustment) and playing it badly. At this point, Skip and Descalso (who played 2B through his entire career) are MUCH MUCH MUCH better options at 2B.

    • spudchukar - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

      Been thinking similarly, except that Erriot is now hot with the bat, so who knows. Maybe he will split time with Schumaker which is kinda like hitting two birds with one stone. In fairness to Schumaker, he has been very productive lately, but I fear a return to mediocrity. The good news on Furcal is that he is a better right-hand hitter than left. Similar, OBP but better power from the right side, so Descalso should get some playing time vs righties.

      Punto who has been great, just not healthy, is probably limited to 2B only. His arm appears shot. But he has been an OBP machine. Kozma with a positive WAR, should give pause to accuracy of WAR. If he is better than a replacement player, I would like to know who that replacement player is.

      But the main thrust of your comment, do we have a glut? And the answer is yes. Who is gonna go? When Craig returns, exit Patterson, but if Sanchez can return and be effective then I sorta lean to your conclusion that we shouldn’t make the move for Bell. The Padres know they get 2 draft picks for him making a trade tougher. I say make an offer that doesn’t include any major sacrifice and let the Padres decide if they believe they are better.

      Having Cruz around sure is a luxury. But once Greene is returned to AAA, I guess he is next.

  3. blackngold4life - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    perfect for the DODGERS ..

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