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    Twins sign former All Star Castro!

    Twins wanted a defensive minded catcher so they sign Jason Castro to a 3 year $24.5 million deal. He is a great pitch framer but his offense has declined two straight years. Last year he hit 210 with 11 homeruns.
    It doesn’t matter if you are a king or street sweeper pretty soon you will dance with the reaper!

    Its better to be silent and everyone think your an idiot than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    “Statistics are no substitute for judgment”
    Henry Clay

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    Meh, I wish they would put some money into pitching. Not impressed with a player who is not able to hit. Not sure why he was their first target to go after so strong.

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    He's excellent defensively and advanced metrics show that he's among the best in the game at pitch framing. Which doesn't sound like a big deal, but is, of late, getting more and more attention as a critical metric for catchers that can have a big impact on your pitchers BAA, ERA, strikeout totals, etc.

    The takeaway here is that the new front office is going to put a lot of weight into advanced metrics, which is a refreshing development. The Twins have been living in the stone ages for too long.

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    They wanted a defensive minded catcher and that's all fine and dandy but they are paying a pretty good amount for a guy who has declined the last two seasons. Hopefully Castro can help the Twins pitching staff. I keep hearing about pitch framing but what about his arm? Does he stop an opponents running game?
    It doesn’t matter if you are a king or street sweeper pretty soon you will dance with the reaper!

    Its better to be silent and everyone think your an idiot than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    “Statistics are no substitute for judgment”
    Henry Clay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf on the Prowl View Post
    They wanted a defensive minded catcher and that's all fine and dandy but they are paying a pretty good amount for a guy who has declined the last two seasons. Hopefully Castro can help the Twins pitching staff. I keep hearing about pitch framing but what about his arm? Does he stop an opponents running game?
    He's thrown out 25% of basestealers.

    The good: Excellent defensively, has some pop in his bat.

    The bad: BA has been awful the last 2 seasons, strikes out a ton, can't hit lefties at all.

    We're going to need John Ryan Murphy or Garver to step up as the other part of the platoon.

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    If it's a platoon it's maybe the worst signing in years.
    It doesn’t matter if you are a king or street sweeper pretty soon you will dance with the reaper!

    Its better to be silent and everyone think your an idiot than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    “Statistics are no substitute for judgment”
    Henry Clay

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    He's actually hits righties really well so he'll still play most of the games.


 

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