Texas Rangers non-tender Fabio Castillo

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Mark Lowe #57 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the 11th inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals won 10-9 in 11 innings. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Per John Blake, the Texas Rangers have non-tendered righthanded pitcher Fabio Castillo. All other Ranger players on the 40 man roster have been tendered contracts.

This is a surprising non-tender, because most players who are non-tendered are arbitration-eligible, and the team doesn't want to pay the player what they are likely to get in arbitration. That rationale led some to believe Mark Lowe, or possibly David Murphy, could end up getting non-tendered.

Castillo is not arbitration eligible, and thus it appears this decision is procedural in nature rather than financial. Castillo, who turns 23 in February, is a live-armed righthander who was added to the 40 man roster last offseason, but who struggled mightily in Frisco in 2011:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2006 17 2 Teams 2 Lgs FRk-Rk TEX 1 4 .200 3.10 8 7 0 0 0 0 29.0 22 13 10 0 14 0 41 1 0 2 124 1.241 6.8 0.0 4.3 12.7 2.93
2006 17 Rangers ARIZ Rk TEX 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 12 1.000 3.0 0.0 6.0 12.0 2.00
2006 17 Rangers DOSL FRk TEX 1 4 .200 3.46 7 6 0 0 0 0 26.0 21 13 10 0 12 37 1 0 2 112 1.269 7.3 0.0 4.2 12.8 3.08
2007 18 Spokane NORW A- TEX 3 5 .375 5.92 14 14 0 0 0 0 62.1 73 46 41 4 27 0 46 8 0 5 294 1.604 10.5 0.6 3.9 6.6 1.70
2008 19 Clinton MIDW A TEX 2 5 .286 5.28 36 7 10 0 0 4 90.1 88 65 53 11 47 0 78 1 0 16 395 1.494 8.8 1.1 4.7 7.8 1.66
2009 20 Hickory SALL A TEX 3 6 .333 4.05 40 2 15 0 0 2 80.0 87 45 36 5 25 3 67 4 0 4 360 1.400 9.8 0.6 2.8 7.5 2.68
2010 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA TEX 1 3 .250 2.11 39 0 21 0 0 6 55.1 44 17 13 2 30 1 67 3 0 5 237 1.337 7.2 0.3 4.9 10.9 2.23
2010 21 Bakersfield CALL A+ TEX 1 3 .250 1.92 36 0 20 0 0 6 51.2 41 15 11 2 26 1 65 3 0 1 219 1.297 7.1 0.3 4.5 11.3 2.50
2010 21 Frisco TL AA TEX 0 0 4.91 3 0 1 0 0 0 3.2 3 2 2 0 4 0 2 0 0 4 18 1.909 7.4 0.0 9.8 4.9 0.50
2011 22 Frisco TL AA TEX 3 6 .333 6.36 42 0 25 0 0 9 52.1 58 40 37 6 23 1 37 5 0 5 237 1.548 10.0 1.0 4.0 6.4 1.61
6 Seasons 13 29 .310 4.63 179 30 71 0 0 21 369.1 372 226 190 28 166 5 336 22 0 37 1647 1.457 9.1 0.7 4.0 8.2 2.02
A (2 seasons) A 5 11 .313 4.70 76 9 25 0 0 6 170.1 175 110 89 16 72 3 145 5 0 20 755 1.450 9.2 0.8 3.8 7.7 2.01
AA (2 seasons) AA 3 6 .333 6.27 45 0 26 0 0 9 56.0 61 42 39 6 27 1 39 5 0 9 255 1.571 9.8 1.0 4.3 6.3 1.44
FRk (1 season) FRk 1 4 .200 3.46 7 6 0 0 0 0 26.0 21 13 10 0 12 37 1 0 2 112 1.269 7.3 0.0 4.2 12.8 3.08
Rk (1 season) Rk 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 12 1.000 3.0 0.0 6.0 12.0 2.00
A- (1 season) A- 3 5 .375 5.92 14 14 0 0 0 0 62.1 73 46 41 4 27 0 46 8 0 5 294 1.604 10.5 0.6 3.9 6.6 1.70
A+ (1 season) A+ 1 3 .250 1.92 36 0 20 0 0 6 51.2 41 15 11 2 26 1 65 3 0 1 219 1.297 7.1 0.3 4.5 11.3 2.50
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2011.

Normally, if the Rangers wanted to remove Castillo from the 40 man roster, they would have to run him through waivers and then outright him; however, there is a good chance Castillo would be claimed. So instead, the Rangers have simply non-tendered Castillo, making him a free agent. I suspect that the Rangers and Castillo have already agreed on the terms of a minor league contract which will pay him an amount similar to what he'd have gotten on the 40 man roster, but which saves the Rangers from burning an option on him this year, thus giving them more development time with him.

The Rangers made a similar move with Doug Mathis a few years ago, non-tendering him and then immediately re-signing him, in order to free up a 40 man roster spot.

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