We can all admit that when we heard Jim Tracy name Jose Bautista the starting third baseman, we were a bit surprised.
I thought---as did many members of the blogosphere---that the Spring Training competition between the Joses was all for show. Bautista, to me, projects as a more useful super-utility player than an everyday starter (at least at this stage in his career). Castillo's been a semi-regular contributor in the starting lineup since 2004, and it's a shame to give up on a 25-year-old with 1,200 major-league at bats under his belt.
As Pat said to Steeltown Mike:
It seems like a lot of times you come into Spring Training and the manger says there's going to be a competition for a job, and he's just trying to light a fire under somebody, and I thought that was the case with Castillo....
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