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Luis Castillo doesn't expect to be back with the Mets next year

Sep 17, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

Luis Castillo has one year and $6 million left on his contract, but told Mike Puma of the New York Post that he doesn’t expect to be back with the Mets next season after losing his starting job at second base to 20-year-old rookie Ruben Tejada.

I feel this offseason they can work out something. I need to play. This has been a tough year for me. I got hurt and I came back and played a couple of games and then I saw the moves they were doing, letting the young guys play. Maybe 20 more days here and I’ll be prepared to work out for next season. I want to see if I can get a chance to play next year because I’m going to be a free agent after that and I want to have a good year and put up good numbers.

Castillo told Puma that he came to the conclusion that he’s done in New York after talking to the front office about his status, which while no doubt true may not mean a whole lot if the current front office isn’t actually in charge in a month. Of course, regardless of who’s running the Mets after this season they’ll probably be interested in unloading Castillo.
As was the case last offseason, if the Mets want to move Castillo they’ll have to either eat a large portion of his remaining salary or swap him for another undesirable contract.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    I smell another heavily subsidized scrapheap pickup by the Scrooge McLoria regime. From a strictly nostalgic point of view, I guess it wouldn’t be all that bad to have a prodigal son return. On the other hand, off he’d be no improvement at his age over some of the kids the Feesh could give a chance. A lot will depend upon whether the Feesh can sign Uggla to an extension or whether, in time-honored Feesh fashion, they ship him off somewhere for another handful of EYPs.
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    I smell another depressing offseizure coming up, puebles.

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