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30-year-old INF Jose Castillo set to join Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Jun.18, 2011 @ 1:36 pm, under NPB

As mentioned by fighting ham, the Chiba Lotte Marines are close to a deal with 30-year-old INF Jose Castillo and could be ready to make an announcement of a deal some time early next week.  It seems the Marines like Castillo for his bat and offensive potential and see him as a DH.

Castillo played for the Yokohama Bay Stars last season and has spent this season playing in Mexico for the Diablos Rojos del Mexico.

UPDATE 6/19 @ 1:25pm - Akira Ishikawa, director of team operations, told to reporters yesterday that Castillo was pretty much the only player available; that they were in the final stages of negotiations; and that he already passed his physical.  A team announcement might not be made until the middle of the upcoming week.

Ishikawa is scheduled to fly out to the US today in order to check on a number of other players; he'll also see how Hayden Penn is coming along.

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2011 Stats

Year G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2011 65 304 281 55 103 20 2 10 60 12 3 18 22 .367 .404 .559 .963 157 7 1 2 2 1

NPB Stats

YR TM G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2010 YOK 131 496 466 48 127 24 0 19 208 55 3 3 1 3 22 4 71 16 .273 .309 .446 .757
Totals 131 496 466 48 127 24 0 19 208 55 3 3 1 3 22 4 71 16 .273 .309 .446 .757