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Luis Castillo wants out of Queens

Aug 14, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

Craig already roasted Jeff Francoeur in epic fashion earlier this week, so I’m not going to try to top that one. Still, the sickness appears to be contagious in the Mets’ locker room.

While Luis Castillo hasn’t requested a trade, he told Dan Martin of the New York Post that he is not willing to accept a backup role in Queens.

“I can’t be here anymore. I know I’m
not going to be here next year.”

“They want to go with young guys, I guess. That’s what they tell me now. I’m not ready to be a backup.”

Limited to just 62 games this season due to a foot injury, Castillo is batting .241/.335/.281 with zero homers and 15 RBI in 199 at-bats. Fed up with his poor production and lack of range, the Mets recently benched their high-priced second baseman in favor of Ruben Tejada. The 20-year-old is batting just .183 in 120 at-bats this season and is hitless in his last 23 at-bats dating back to July 16.

There’s an argument to be made that Castillo is actually the better player than Tejada right now, but that isn’t saying a whole lot, really. Since signing a four-year, $24 million contract after the 2007 season, Castillo is batting .273/.367/.320 with a 687 OPS. That wouldn’t be so bad if his speed was still an asset. Unfortunately, it just isn’t. Meanwhile, his defense has declined significantly since his last Gold Glove in 2005.

Castillo, 34, is still owed $6 million next season, so if Omar Minaya couldn’t find a taker after his bounceback 2009 campaign (on offense, anyway), it’s pretty hard to believe they’ll find him a home this new winter, either. Like the Oliver Perez disaster, Castillo is another situation where they either have to admit their mistake and release him or waste a roster spot. For now, they are going with the whole wasting the roster spot strategy.     

  1. Old Gator - Aug 14, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    They should immediately trade Castillo and Tejada for Little Herr Friedemann, even if they’re not ready to replace Minaya with him yet.

  2. Dan in Katonah - Aug 14, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    He and Franceour make this pronouncements like there are all these teams lined up to take on their contracts and give them starting jobs. Really, Luis? You have somewhere in mind? Some GM you have compromising photos of in addition to Omar in an evening gown? By all means go and take Frenchy with you.

  3. Kiwicricket - Aug 14, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    The Mets paid $32million for Francoeur, Perez and Castillo’s services this season. That everybody….blows my mind.

  4. JimmyY - Aug 14, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    …..and why, pray tell, does Minaya still have a job?

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