The Marlins Trade Luis Castillo to the Twinsposted by Jon Williams
MLB.com has the story:
First reported by ESPN's Peter Gammons, the 30-year-old Castillo is heading to Minnesota for hard-throwing reliever Travis Bowyer and Scott Tyler, who can start or relieve.
Castillo is the latest big-salary player to be dealt by the Marlins, who are streamlining their payroll now that their stadium efforts in downtown Miami have fallen through.
Castillo's arival will push Cuddyer into a battle for right field with Kubel and Ford. It pushes Punto to the bench. GM Ryan seems to want Cuddyer to win a spot but thus far he has failed to keep the job for an entire year. We'll also have to watch how this affects the lineup. Will Castillo move up to leadoff or will he stay in the #2 spot this time behind Shannon Stewart? Joe Mauer should benefit by finally having someone to drive home. This is especially true if the Twins sign Mike Piazza or Frank Thomas as has been rumored. Looks like the Twins are finally going to put together a lineup to go with their great pitching.
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