Revs’ avoid big mistake

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When the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs acquired the rights to Frank Castillo in this year’s expansion draft, York’s move to leave Castillo unprotected was puzzling, to say the least.

But it appears leaving Castillo unprotected won’t come back to haunt the Revolution after all. Southern Maryland signed former Lancaster outfielder Eric Crozier to a contract recently, but manager Butch Hobson does not foresee the club signing any other player selected in the expansion draft. There’s more on Southern Maryland’s recent signings in this article, which was first pointed out by the New Era’s Jason Guarente.

While leaving Castillo unprotected seemed like a big mistake, apparently the veteran hurler was uncertain about a return to the Atlantic League at the time York had to submit its list of protected players to the league office. That left the Revolution’s hands tied and they were forced to give away Castillo’s rights.

There was another problem with protecting Castillo in the expansion draft: his age. He’ll turn 39 on April 1 and re-signing him would have meant dealing with his health issues again. Last season — despite an 8-4 record and 3.75 ERA in just over 110 innings — he broke down at the end of the year and his turn was skipped in the rotation a number of times in order for him to rest. The best thing for the former major leaguer this time around might be the Roger Clemens’ approach: take a couple months to get back into shape and then sign with a team in June or July — much like he did last year.

Of course, if he would go that route, Southern Maryland would still hold his rights. And my guess is they won’t give him away for nothing. So the odds of seeing Castillo back in York this year are probably close to zero.

But with five former major leaguers already on York’s 2008 pitching staff — and a 41-year-old (Daves Veres) already under contract — the loss of Castillo could turn out to be pretty minimal. See his stats with the Revs last year here.

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