Castillo inked a three-year contract with an option for 2007
while Fox signed a one-year deal. Financial terms were not
disclosed, but the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported last week
that Castillo's pact is worth $16 million.
A 28-year-old switch-hitter, Castillo batted .314 with 99 runs
scored and 21 stolen bases last season and earned his first Gold
The native of the Dominican Republic signed with the Marlins as
a 16-year-old in 1992 and made his major league debut four years
later. Last April, he became the franchise's all-time leader
in games played.
Fox, a 33-year-old righthander, was 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 21
appearances after Florida signed him as a minor league free
agent last August. He started the 2003 season with the Boston
Red Sox and combined to go 3-3 with three saves and a 3.12 ERA.
Since winning their second World Series in seven years, the
Marlins have traded away first baseman Derrek Lee but re-signed
third baseman Mike Lowell. They appear unlikely to retain
catcher Ivan Rodriguez.