By La Velle
The Mets have, what one scout called, `The Big Four.’
The Four: Pitchers Mike Pelphry and Phil Humber and outfielders Fernando Martinez and Carlos Gomez. I guess Lastings Milledge is considered a major leaguer now…or untouchable because the Mets don’t know how healthy Carlos Beltran is.
So when the Twins didn’t land one of these top prospects I initially went, `Say what?’
It made some sense the more I thought about it.
Castillo is going to be a two-month rent-a-player, and you just can’t get a lot in return for a rental. Terry Ryan wouldn’t disclose if other teams were in on Castillo. I never heard if there was a bidding war or not.
However, I’m still wondering why they traded for a catcher. Chris Butera may be a good catch and throw guy, but the Twins won’t need a catcher for several years because Joe Mauer is around (no, he won’t be moved to another position). And they have guys in the system.
Jose Morales is developing behind the plate but is having a good offensive season at Class AAA Rochester.
Korey Feiner is supposed to be a decent catcher at Class AA New Britain.
And they drafted Jeff Christy in 2006.
I don’t get that aspect of it.
The Twins’ minor league catchers have had injuries, position shifts and, based on a reader e-mail, one retirement. But they still have enough to get through the minor league season. They drafted and signed three catchers this year.
Dustin Martin is supposed to be a well-built athlete who is still learing to hit for power. O.K. that’s cool. The Twins do have a track record of trading for A-ball players (Bartlett, Casilla, Liriano) who reach the majors. We’ll see.
As for more trades, I’m not sure. There seems to be a market for Juan Rincon if the Twins want to trade him. There doesn’t seem to be a big market for Carlos Silva. We’ll see.
[UPDATE]: Just got back up from the clubhouse. Some Twins personnell believe that Ryan is going to try to land a hitter before 3 p.m. Tuesday. I want to emphasize TRY. Players are upset to lose Castillo but measured their words carefully on the record.