I know you guys don’t want to hear this, but it’s looking more like Luis Castillo will be at second base for the Mets next season.
STOP! Give me a minute to duck while you throw your laptop.
I believe he’ll return for the following reasons: 1) the Mets don’t want to eat his $18 million contract by cutting him, or most of it in a trade; and 2) they believe his value to them is in the hope he’ll bounce back, especially since they don’t think they have a viable second baseman to step in.
Daniel Murphy was a good idea, but for now they like him in left, probably in a platoon with Fernando Tatis, because that answers one question immediately. Or so they hope.
Castillo played well for them in spurts in 2007 and they are banking on him returning to that form.
I’m not saying it’s etched in stone, and I know they’d love to trade him, but the other teams see what’s happened to Castillo, too, and recognize a bad contract when they see one.