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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 3:19 pm 
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Is it Possible Castillo Opts Out?

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A few seasons ago the Brooklyn Robins were extremely hard up for starting pitching. The team had traded away veterans Rick Ward and Mario Mendez, while letting injury prone Domingo Castillo go via free agency. This was for all intensive purposes the official start of a long overdue rebuild. Brooklyn had picked up some guys via trade, draft and minor league free agents along the way that would eventually culminate into one of the deepest starting pitching prospect depth charts in the league. But as far as fielding a team in 2032 went... outside of Jose Morales, there was just no good options.

That winter the Robins had targeted a pair of veteran pitchers to fill out the rotation. Their names? Antonio Correa and Eduardo Lopez. A tandem that will forever be linked in the annels of Brewster history. (Un)fortunately not with the Robins though. The two lefty hurlers hit the jackpot in Atlantic City and brought home a haul that would bankrupt the Borgata. Brooklyn was left scrambling to find another veteran to help eat some innings till the young guns were ready.

So enter Gerardo Castillo. Not the flashiest of guys, but a steady hand that had faired well in a big ballpark early in his career. During his first season in Brooklyn, he headlined the now infamous "pitching platoon". The Robins matched up Castillo and Morales against the best teams/pitchers that they faced and mixed and matched the rest of the rotation based on matchups. Castillo and Morales both had the worst seasons of their careers, yet the Robins as a whole managed their lone .500 season in the past 7 years and nearly made the playoffs much to the surprise of the pundits.

2033 and 2034 saw Castillo reinvent himself as one of the best long relievers in the game. Soaking up well over 100 quality IP in each affair. To be honest, the reason Brooklyn moved him to the pen in the first place, was to make him infuriated enough to opt out of the remaining 3 years and $25.5 million due. The role change has not seemed to bother Castillo the least as he isn't really that unhappy.

But the question remains.... will Castillo opt out? Sure, he is content with his role. But he still wants to start and maybe he is willing to take slightly less money to be a starter again. Or maybe he thinks he is worth more? These modern day Brewster players always seem to have outrageous demands. Coming off back to back quality seasons, it's no longer a no brainer that he stays. And to be honest, I'm not sure that Brooklyn really wants him to leave.

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 8:01 pm 
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Interesting test case.

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It’s hard to argue with the stats

But it’s also hard to agree with that movement


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