March 19, 2011
With both Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reporting that the Florida Marlins may have interest in their former second baseman Luis Castillo, it's only natural that I post my desenting opinion.
Mets fans were excited about the move, and that's one thing that has me worried about any potential future for Castillo with Florida.
The cash-strapped Mets are going to spend 6 million dollars to have Castillo sit on the curb in 2011, at best. With the Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies potentially interested, they may be paying him $6 mil to play AGAINST them, which would be even worse for the team that is dealing with the fallout from the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme. That should be a red flag right there.
The Marlins have a few problems right now. Although they won't admit it, there is a chance that both Chris Coghlan (the starting center fielder...makes me cringe saying that) and Right fielder Mike Stanton will not be ready for opening day. Also, there are fears that Matt Dominguez might not be ready to hit at the big league level. His batting average PLUNGED from .353 to .219 in just a week and a half.
note his perfect game saving catch in 2009), with the speed and range to patrol the vast center field at Sun Life Stadium. I posted earlier this week that he would make a great defensive replacement in late innings. It would be worth sacrificing the bat for a few weeks to get the best defense possible out there. But I digress...Bonifacio or Infante can both fill the "super sub" role and be placed in the outfield.
So, let's say the worst case scenario plays out. Coghlan, Stanton, and Dominguez are all not ready. Raynor starts in right and Bonifacio in center. Omar Infante is your third baseman, but who plays second? Castillo? I say NO!
Are any of these solutions "good"? No. Save Martinez, none of the players I mentioned are clear cut projections to make the 2011 roster, and even Martinez is on the fence. It all goes back to the Mets cutting Castillo. If a team like that is willing to pay someone $6 million to stay on the curb, there's a more to this story. He hasn't won a gold glove since 2005, and, in fact, his defense has been ridiculed since he arrived in New York. Also, his career .290 average has been well below that in two of the past three seasons. And, while it would be nice to see Castillo back in the teal and black pin stripes, I would only like to see the 35 year old on my team if he was days away from retirement. Otherwise, no thanks! Stay positive, Luis. I hear the Phillies might need someone to replace Chase Utley, and when their pitching staff throws no-hitters 4 out of 5 days, who cares if you struggle at the plate?