Tony Jackson of the L.A. Daily News notes that the Reds have designated shortstop Juan Castro for assignment. This should make room for Jerry Hairston Jr. while giving the Reds ten days to shop Castro.
Castro is a 35 year-old all-glove, no-hit type. The Reds owe him $975K this year plus a $100K buyout for ’09. I imagine any interested party will wait the ten days so that the Reds pay the contract.