well i dont know exactly how it breaks down but rotoworld seems to think the expos will lose their second and third round picks because of the signings. i dont know for certain if they will or not.
Expos agreed to terms with shortstop Cristian Guzman, who had been with the Twins, on a four-year, $16.8 million contract.
GM Jim Bowden's first moves to turn around the Washington franchise border on disastrous. Already the team's second- and third-round picks are gone on players who wouldn't have been offered arbitration by their former clubs. $4.2 million per year for Guzman isn't so unreasonable. We don't think he's worth it, but worse shortstops have gotten bigger contracts. Guzman has stepped up defensively, and as long as he hits at the bottom of the lineup, he won't be too harmful offensively. Still, the Expos don't need average players locked into long-term deals right now. They might have had a chance to acquire a real asset at short at some point in the future. Now they'll pass it up if it happens.
i think two years is too long for castilla because it will take all of two games to figure out he cant hit away from coors. in the end he may end up being decent (.270 and 20 something homers) but i think with the limited resources that the expos have they should have spent their money on someone else.
What's wrong with signing a relatively young average SS to a $4/year deal. The years aren't an issue IMO because he's not that old. I would say $4/year was about his fair market value.
i dont so much have a problem with 4 per year, its the 4 years that i dont think is appropriate and it has nothing to do with his age. to me it makes the team less marketable the more $$ that are committed to players. it hinders the new owners ability to shape the team the way he wants to. mlb may have found a new home for the expos, but they still havent sold them and letting guys like vlad and vazquez go while bringing in castilla and guzman isnt going to help the situation.