Lotte acquires former BayStars infielder Castillo

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CHIBA, Japan, June 22 (16:43) Kyodo

The Lotte Marines said Wednesday they have acquired the services
of former Yokohama BayStars infielder Jose Castillo on a contract
worth $150,000.

The Venezuelan-born Castillo, 30, has a .254 career batting
average with 39 home runs in 592 games in the major leagues. He last
played for the San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros in 2008.

Last season, Castillo hit .273 with 19 homers in 131 games for

The Marines had been in the market for a power-hitting foreign
player to bolster their lineup, which recently has been hit by a
spate of injuries.

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