View Full Version : Cubs Close to "Stealing" Another Marlin?

11-29-2003, 02:37 PM
Castillo deal hits snag as Cubs come into picture

By Mike Berardino
Staff writer
Posted November 29 2003

Just when the Marlins thought they had Luis Castillo hooked, the speedy second baseman has wriggled off their line again.

Two days after it appeared the Marlins were about to finalize a deal to retain the free agent, Castillo is in play again.

"If there's anything that can be agreed upon, it's that there's absolutely no deal," Seth Levinson, one of Castillo's representatives, said Friday night. "We continue to negotiate with other teams and hope the Marlins revisit this matter."

Levinson would not divulge details of his negotiations, but an industry source said the Chicago Cubs entered the bidding Friday with an offer that was "very competitive" with the Marlins' three-year, $15.5 million bid.

Like the Marlins, the Cubs apparently are willing to include a fourth-year vesting option based on the number of plate appearances Castillo makes over the next three seasons. The Marlins' offer would make that additional year worth $6 million, pushing the total package to a potential $21.5 million for the 28-year-old switch-hitter.

If Castillo signs elsewhere, the Marlins could regret dealing first baseman Derrek Lee to the Cubs for Hee Seop Choi and a minor-leaguer on Tuesday. They made that salary dump under the impression a Castillo pact was highly likely, even pressuring Castillo for an answer in the days leading up to the trade.

Linky (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/sfl-marl29nov29,0,2903070.story?coll=sfla-sports-headlines)

11-29-2003, 03:11 PM
I guess I ought to reserve judgment until the offseason is over and we actually know what the 2004 Sox (and Cubs and Marlins and everybody else) will look like. But dammit, this is tough to watch.

Come on, Jerry, throw us a freakin' bone here!!!

34 Inch Stick
12-01-2003, 08:40 AM
Kind of puts the $5 million we are paying Valentin into perspective now. I still cannot figure out how he was not signed to half that amount. What other team in baseball was going to give him that money.

Rocky Soprano
12-01-2003, 09:15 AM

12-01-2003, 06:49 PM
According to the ESPN rumors page, Castillo is decided to whether to stay with Florida, or take the offer from the Mets. The Flubs aren't even noted as an option.

12-02-2003, 01:05 PM
Castillo got away, but according to the Score, they are on the verge of scavenging from the Twins. LaTroy Hawkins may sign with the Flubs as soon as today...3 years, 11 million.

12-02-2003, 01:18 PM
Originally posted by bobj4400
LaTroy Hawkins may sign with the Flubs as soon as today...3 years, 11 million.

What, someone already snagged Ron Davis?