Many of you have emailed me concerning the Kyle Farnsworth signing and Luis Castillo trade. I appreciate the tips; rest assured that I’m aware of these rumors and signings and I’ll post if I have anything to add.
Farnsworth has officially signed with the Yankees, although the Rangers’ offer was superior. The Farnz can be a little homer and walk prone at times, but his strikeout rate has never failed to impress. His track record off the field leaves a bit to be desired.
The Twins were the clear victors in the Luis Castillo trade. Minnesota held on to Scott Baker, surrendering only pitchers Travis Bowyer and Scott Tyler. Bowyer is a young closer-in-waiting who has yet to refine his control problems. He’s walked nearly five men per nine at every level. He’ll close for the Marlins by default. Scott Tyler is a starter with a little promise and shaky control. He’ll likely be converted to relief one day. Castillo was the 9th best 2B in baseball in 2005 and is sorely needed by the Twins.