Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mets ready to dump Castillo for Hernandez?


For most of spring we been hearing how Daniel Murphy has almost been granted second base now that Terry Collins is manager. Now we are hearing that Luis Hernandez has been named the front runner for that position.

The New York Post has it that Mets Manager Terry Collins is ready to dump 35-year-old Castillo, who is owed $6 million this season, right off the roster and name 26-year-old Luis Hernandez(notes) as his starter on the second sack.

The paper notes that Collins needs to convince the front office of his decision but that he's "confident he will have final say in the matter after hearing opinions from his coaching staff, general manager Sandy Alderson and special adviser J.P. Ricciardi, among others."

Castillo has asked to be released if the team doesn't plan to start him, the Post reports.

"I know I can still play," Castillo said, according to the paper.

Hernandez is hitting .417 this spring with appearances in six games so far.
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