I find it amusing some people still believe the Mets would, should or could trade Luis Castillo.
After a dreadful 2008 season in which injuries limited him to 87 games and a .245 average, Castillo showed up to spring training 17 pounds lighter, and except a brief stumble down the dugout steps, was healthy for much of a rebound season in which he hit .302 with a .387 on-base percentage.
Q: So why trade him?
A: The Mets are fearful last season might be a fluke, that at 34 he might have had his encore. The Mets are wondering if his knees will give out again and that he’s always on the edge of the DL. There’s also concern about his shrinking defensive range, and the frequency of lapses when he does reach a ball. The Mets also would like to shed themselves of the remaining $12 million left on his contract over the next two seasons.
Sure, the Mets would love to get out from under his contract and not be around for his fall.
The only problem, is that for the same reasons the Mets should deal Castillo are the same reasons no team wants to trade for him.