Yankees sign Colombian catcher Alfredo Castellon


A week into the2010 international signing period, the Yankees finally made their first strike, signing 18-year-old Colombian catcher Alfredo Castellon Jr. He was signed after impressing at a tryout camp in Tampa at the end of June, though the terms of the deal are undisclosed. There’s no such thing as having too many young catcher, the Yanks almost showed just how valuable of a commodity they could be yesterday.

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    Clearly, there are hundreds of conclusions we can jump to based on this event. Let’s jump to all of them, shall we?

    • Angelo says:

      Romine, Montero, and JR Murphy for Felix Hernandez!

      That’s the only thing I could think of.

    • ROBTEN says:

      Given the number of former catchers who went on to become managers, the only rational conclusion I can come to is that their stocking of the minor-league system with catchers means Girardi’s job is on the line.

  2. Angelo says:

    the Yanks showed just how valuable of a commodity they are this morning.

    Don’t you mean they showed it yesterday?

  3. Reggie C. says:

    Maybe if Castellon were born in Venezuela, PR, or DR, he’d have been signed already. Most organizations dont sign 18 year olds if the kid isn’t noticeably more advanced than a 16 year old.

    Maybe we see Castellon skip the DSL and get sent directly to GCL ball.

  4. The Yanks have more Pitchers and Catchers than a bar in Chelsea..(ducks)

  5. Zack says:

    Wait for the “this is PROOF they dont see Jesus as a legit option” comments

  6. Ron says:

    Signing all these cathers is a bit of an overkill.

  7. Angelo says:

    Anybody have a scouting report on Castellon?

  8. Grandy says:

    I have a feeling Cash has his mind set on trading Montero. Maybe for Haren? Who knows. But if Cash was willing to trade Montero for Halladay and Lee, then I don’t think Montero will make the bigs as a Yank for the right player.

    • Angelo says:

      Possibly, but Haren isn’t or at least hasn’t been Lee or Halladay this season.

      You’re talking about a top notch starter, when talking about who the Yankees are trying to acquire (Lee, Halladay.) They wouldn’t move Montero unless another one of those were available.

      That’s the definition of the “right player.”

    • ROBTEN says:

      I have a feeling Cash has his mind set on trading Montero.

      The other side of this, of course, is that Cash is interested in upgrading the rotation knowing that this could be Pettitte’s last year, CC has an opt-out clause coming up, and Hughes is still under an innings limit, and so is willing, perhaps painfully, to give up Montero to do so.

      However, if Montero is sent to the Brewers for Randy Wolf, I’ll concede to your hypothesis.

    • mustang says:

      Totally agree. I don’t think Haren, but someone maybe in the winter I would be surprise if Montero makes it to the bigs as a Yank.

      • mustang says:

        Maybe Josh Johnson or someone like that.

        • Pete says:

          It would probably take Jesus Montero, Hector Noesi, Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances, Slade Heathcott, and Gary Sanchez to get Josh Johnson. Only Felix would cost more than him, I think.

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