The Twins made their first deal on Monday, and its looking like they are taking the seller route. Leadoff hitter and second baseman Luis Castillo was traded to the New York Mets Monday for two second tier minor league prospects. The Twins recieved a class-AA catcher named Drew Butera, along with class-A outfielder Dustin Martin.
A quick look at the stats on these guys -
Butera is hitting .231 in both class A and AA. He's shown only modest power, with a total of 6 home runs between both levels.
Martin is hitting .287 for the Mets class-A affiliate. He also has shown only modest power, with only 5 home runs on the season.
I don't completely understand this move, considering the players the Twins got in return. Another catcher? The Twins have Mauer locked up for years! I was all for trading Castillo, but they could have gotten a little more for him. Alexi Casilla most likely will be called up to take his spot, and hopefully will start over Nick Punto. Bartlett will most likely take over as the leadoff hitter for the remainder of the season.