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The Mets may not release Castillo after all

Jan 11, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT


Remember that report over the weekend about the Mets maybe releasing Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez?  Maybe it’s just Perez:

Contrary to a weekend report that had the Mets considering releasing Luis Castillo, a club source Monday said the club has every intention of bringing him to spring training to compete for the second base job in 2011.

Not sure why you’d release Castillo now anyway. It’s not like any of the possible replacements — Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus or Justin Turner — are stone cold locks.  Each has something to recommend him and, yes, Castillo is overpaid for what he does, but it’s entirely possible that he’d outperform those dudes. Unless someone actually wanted Castillo, which seems unlikely, I don’t see why you wouldn’t at least bring him to camp.

As for Perez, the article suggests that he wouldn’t be released unless and until he fell on his face at Port St. Lucie. Which will probably happen, of course, because he’s got nothin’.


  1. yankeesfanlen - Jan 11, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    Keep him through the Subway Series, at least.

  2. BC - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    C’mon, guys! Bleep or get off the pot!

    • Old Gator - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:18 AM

      Why was that addressed to their ectoplasmic selves?

      • BC - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:25 AM

        I don’t know. I’m feeling kind of metaphysical today. Must be the allergy medicine.

  3. Adam - Jan 11, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    I don’t understand why everyone gets so mad about Castillo. He’s still EXACTLY what he was when the Mets signed him. He gets on base at a decent clip, hits for no power and plays bad defense. It’s not like he’s changed.

    • kev86 - Jan 11, 2011 at 12:28 PM

      He’s a lot slower and less inspired too.

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