Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Report:Osvaldo Castilla signs with Patriots

The first International player of the season was signed today, with the New York Patriots inking Dominican catcher Osvaldo Castilla to a minor league contract, which includes a signing bonus of $3.0 million. The 6'3" 21 year old will eventually provide steady defense behind the plate, and has powerful stroke. He should develop into a solid hitter, although the switch hitter has traditionally struggled against lefties.

With two other young catchers in the farm system, look for the Patriots to start talkng trade to fill in some other gaps.


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