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Here's a shocker: Castillo wants out of NY

Posted on: August 14, 2010 5:03 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 8:40 pm
Luis Castillo
Luis Castillo wants out of New York, and the feeling is mutual.

The Mets second baseman, left to wither on the bench as the team finally tired of his underperforming ways, made no bones about his desires in an interview with the New York Post.

"I can't be here anymore," he said. "I know I'm not going to be here next year."

Well, that much is virtually certain, but it's unclear how that's going to happen. The Mets owe him $6 million for 2011 -- not a ton of money, but more than another team is going to take on in trade for an aging infielder with a .616 OPS who plays mediocre (at best) defense. The Mets will probably have to eat a good chunk of that money to ship him out.

On the other hand, the Mets' fallback for second base isn't exactly looking like a barn-burner. Rookie Ruben Tejada has been completely overmatched at the plate at the major-league level, batting .183. He came into Saturday 0-for-16 since being called up last week to be the regular starter.

"If they think that he's the best player, that's OK," Castillo said. "I just don't want to be a backup when I've been playing every day for my whole career."

Even if Tejada doesn't turn out to be ready, another season with Castillo looks extremely unlikely. The team and its fans have been unhappy with his performance and his effort level, and it looks like the former All-Star will have a new address in 2011.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2010 6:20 pm

Here's a shock: Castillo wants out of NY

If Luis Castillo is convinced that he's a full time major leaguer, then good for him, but the reality is that, the MLB is a young man's league and there isn't room on any MLB roster for a guy with a huge contract and little production to show for it.

His best bet is to play ball in Japan or just retire. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Mets buy out his contract during the off season, as I highly doubt many teams will be lining up to acquire his services.

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