Showing posts with label Luis Castillo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Luis Castillo. Show all posts

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Izzy, Emaus, Beato, Castiilo/Perez, Reyes

  • Jason Isringhausen told Mike Puma of The New York Post that he will not accept a minor league assignment if he does not make the Mets out of Spring Training.
  • There's a possibility Izzy would go to Extended Spring Training if his swollen elbow isn't fully healed though.

  • Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus has the Mets' second base job locked up "no matter whether they pretend there's still a competition ongoing."

  • "There is a very good possibility we will keep both our Rule 5 picks" Alderson said, in regards to Pedro Beato and Brad Emaus.

  • The GM said that Emaus' Rule 5 status was a major reason the team gave him every chance to win the second base job this spring. "If he was not a Rule 5 draftee, he wouldn’t have presented the immediacy that he does," Alderson said. "If he’s not the starting second baseman, I’m not sure how much he helps us in a bench role. At least at the outset, you’re going to give him every opportunity."

  • Fan sentiment "came into play" in Luis Castillo's release, Alderson said. The Mets "became aware about the sentiment in New York for [Castillo and Oliver Perez]....It's difficult to overcome that, so you evaluate player performance against presumption in the minds of the fans." In Perez's case, Alderson said the southpaw just didn't pitch well enough to make the roster, so the fans' thoughts were moot.

  • Alderson says if the Mets are in contention, the club will have the money available to add a player if necessary.

  • Alderson thinks his team's farm system is underrated but he says the Mets "need to be more aggressive and successful in developing players out of the draft."

  • If the Mets have a reduced payroll next season, they should still be able to re-sign Jose Reyes if they wish, given the number of contracts the team has coming off the books this winter.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Luis Castillo Missing in action

Luis CastilloImage by Keith Allison via Flickr
The Phillies expected Castillo to arrive to camp Monday, but he never showed.

He also never showed for Tuesday morning’s physical. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Castillo is not in camp as expected because of a “little bit of a miscommunication with his agent,” and added that Castillo is expected in camp later Tuesday.

“I was surprised this morning that he didn’t show up,” Amaro said. “It happens. We were a little confused. Evidently, he was confused, too.”

Castillo is expected to play Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Way to go Jerk Off
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Update: Castillo signs with the Phillies

Chase Utley rounding the bases after hitting a...
On the day he officially was eligible to sign, Castillo quickly narrowed his focus and appears poised to join the Philadelphia Phillies, according to ESPN NY.

The Phillies’ second base situation is unsettled because of All-Star Chase Utley’s knee woes.

Castillo, 35, hit .235 with no homers and 17 RBIs last season in 247 at-bats. The Mets began the process of releasing Castillo on Friday, despite owing him $6 million in the final season of a four-year, $25 million deal. Castillo’s new employer will only be responsible for the major league minimum.

Update: The Philadelphia Phillies, obviously concerned about Chase Utley’s knee problem, have signed former Mets second baseman Luis Castillo to a minor league contract, according to

Utley is battling patellar tendinitis and told reporters on Sunday he is “moving in the right direction.” But the Phillies, hedging their bets on a quick return by their star, decided to add Castillo. Utley has not played in a spring training game.

According to ESPN, Mets G.M. Sandy Alderson was not shocked by the signing, telling reporters, “It wasn’t a surprise. It wasn’t unanticipated.”

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Oliver Perez Released

Early Monday morning Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson met with Oliver Perez and told him his services were no longer needed by the NY Mets.
The Mets still owe Perez $12 million, who was in the final year of his 3 year $36 million dollar contract negotiated in the Omar Minaya era.
Unlike former 2nd baseman, Luis Castillo who was released on Friday, Perez believed that he got a fair chance of making the team. Upon his release Adam Rubin of ESPN reported Perez' response to the news.
"I think they gave me an opportunity," he said. "They were fair with me when I came here. 'We're going to give you an opportunity to be a starter.' I didn't do anything great. They moved me to the bullpen trying to be a lefty specialist. And the last game, that was a real horrible job."
In his last spring training appearance on Saturday, Perez allowed 2 homers, boosting his spring training era to 8.38.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mookie gets his old number back

Mookie Wilson
If Sandy Alderson was trying to win over Mets fans with yesterday’s release of Luis Castillo, he’s off to a roaring start.

One of the overlooked side benefits of cutting Castillo was that his No. 1 was put back into circulation. This is notable because Mookie Wilson, who will serve as first base coach this season, wore that very same number during his entire 10-year tenure with the Mets.

And it didn’t take Wilson long to reclaim his old digs. According to Adam Rubin of, he’s already donning his familiar No. 1 in Orlando for today’s game against the Braves.

That’s right. In less than 24 hours the Mets have went from one of the least popular figures in recent franchise history wearing No. 1 to one of the most beloved. Nicely done, Sandy.
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Castillo Back to the Fish??

Luis Castillo 2003 HomeImage by BaseballBacks via Flickr
According to Fish Bytes,  The Marlins have spoken internally about reacquiring second baseman Luis Castillo, who was released on Friday by the New York Mets.

Castillo, who has one year remaining on his contract, is owed $6 million, which the Mets will absorb.

The 35-year-old second baseman played 10 seasons with the Marlins from 1996-2005 and won three Gold Gloves and two World Series rings with the team.

The Marlins have discussed Castillo as a low-cost option at second base if Matt Dominguez doesn't make the club and Omar Infante is moved to third.

Here are some of the comments on Fish Bytes:

I hope the Marlins sign him. He'd be a good reserve second baseman/pinch hitter and possibly a starter if he plays well. He's also a fan favorite.


The Florida Heat must be getting to their brains....LOL

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Video: A Heart Warming Tribute to Luis Castillo, LOL

Check Out this Luis Castillo Tribute Video, Lot of Good Moments. I will miss him, LOL

Mets Cut Castillo

The day has finally come, Luis Castillo is cut from the Mets. According to Adam Rubin of, the Mets will release Castillo and eat the remaining $6 million of his contract.
GM Sandy Alderson had this to say about the release.
"After a long evaluation during spring training, after consulting with manager Terry Collins and the coaching staff, I made a recommendation to ownership in the best interest of the organization and Louie that he be released..ownership approved."
Before leaving the spring training camp in Port St. Lucie, Castillo told Newsday that he didn't believe he got a fair shot.
Castillo complained "I said I came here to play and you didn't give me a chance. You didn't use me."He added that he was going to go home and wait and hope to catch on with another team.
Thank You Sandy Alderson. Thank You.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Update - Sporting News: Castillo and Emaus are frontrunners for 2B, Heyman seconds Castillo "to be a slight favorite"

According to Sports News:

Incumbent Luis Castillo and Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus are considered the front-runners in the competition to start at second base for the New York Mets, according to the New York Daily News.

Since the off season, there has been speculation that Castillo would need a strong spring to save not only his starting job but also his roster spot. Castillo, who will make $6 million in the final year of his contract in 2011, is hitting .286 this spring. Emaus is hitting .227.

"I don't think anybody has broken away from the pack," general manager Sandy Alderson told the Daily News. "One would like to see some separation, but maybe we'll see that in the next few days."

The Daily News speculates that Daniel Murphy, another contender to start at second base, will end up in a reserve role. And although they still are in the mix, Luis Hernandez and Justin Turner are considered to have only an "outside chance" to win the job.
Lets take OBP (On Base Percentage) into consideration, both Castillo and Emaus get on base..Money ball  theory/strategy... There is still week left in competition, let see what happens .....everyone is speculating.....

Update: 3:05PM

According to Jon Heyman, Luis Castillo remains a “slight favorite” to win the Mets’ second base job.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Second Base Job Update

According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY, Multiple Mets personnel said no decision has been resolved on second base, and the speculation continues to be Brad Emaus or Luis Castillo will emerge as the second baseman, with Daniel Murphy also on the roster.

In response to a report naming Luis Hernandez as Terry Collins' preference, one Mets person said, referring to a Mets infield prospect: "Why did we send [Jordany] Valdespin down?"

The answer: Because evaluations are based on 2010 showings far more so than spring-training showings.

Rubin also mentions he continues to hear Collins would prefer not to have Castillo on the roster.

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.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Oliver Perez, Paul DePodesta, Luis Castillo

  • Plenty of people in the Mets organization are ready to give up on Oliver Perez, but pitching coach Dan Warthen is still a believer, writes Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. Sources say that several prominent voices in the organization have been wanting to cut the left-hander for weeks, but Perez is still in camp thanks in large part to Warthen's support. Even with the backing of the pitching coach, Perez will probably be released before Opening Day as many in the front office are skeptical that Perez can recapture some of his old magic as a reliever.
  • Terry Collins and Paul DePodesta are reunited with the Mets, writes Steve Henson of Yahoo Sports. When he was the GM of the Dodgers, DePodesta pushed for Collins to become the club's next skipper after Jim Tracy. Owner Frank McCourt ultimately rejected the idea and fired DePodesta. When the 61-year-old was being considered for the Mets' managerial position, DePodesta gave a strong recommendation to his boss, Sandy Alderson.
  • The trustee in charge of recovering the money lost by the victims of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme plans to go after more funds associated with owners of the Mets, a source within baseball told's Adam Rubin. The trustee already is seeking $1 billion from Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon and his family.
  • Jon Heyman hears that Luis Castillo has looked better than the others in competition for the Mets second base job. Castillo's performance and the lack of a standout alternative may reduce the chances that the Mets release him.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Recap: Spring Training Game 14 - Hou vs Mets

Final Score: NY Mets 7, Houston 2

Josh Thole and Kirk Nieuwenhuis both hit two-run homers as the New York Mets took down Houston, 7-2, in Grapefruit League action.

Daniel Murphy also drove in a pair of runs for New York. Starter Chris Young turned in four innings, allowing two runs on five hits. John Lujan picked up the win with a scoreless fifth frame.

J.D. Martinez and Matt Downs clubbed solo homers for the Astros. Ryan Rowland- Smith gave up a hit and two runs with three walks in his three-inning start.

Jordan Lyles was charged with five hits and two runs over three relief innings to take the loss.

Box score:Click Here

Friday, March 04, 2011

Video: Platoon might be solution at 2B

Daniel Murphy
Ted Berg of did a great piece on who has the upper hand in the second base competition. He interviewed Wally Backman and Tim Teufel, two former second basemen who ironically platooned together in '86.

Both Backman and Teufel think that it is going to be a platoon situation with Daniel Murphy getting most of the AB's because of more righties in the league. Backman thinks that Murphy can play everyday because of the work he has put in. Backman also said that Brad Emaus has natural mechanics at second base, especially when it comes to turning double plays.

Can you smell the Murphy/Emaus platoon?

Both openly admitted that Luis Castillo has to fight for the job, that it won't be just handed to him.

Watch the full video for yourself:

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Recap: Spring Training Game 4 - Wash vs. Mets

Final Score: Washington 9, NY Mets 3 

Michael Morse hit a pair of two-run homers to lift the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets, 9-3.

Roger Bernadina, Jeff Frazier, Matt Stairs, Kevin Barker and Jerry Hairston Jr. each drove in a run for the Nationals.

Chad Gaudin went three innings in the start, allowing two runs on five hits. Craig Stammen got the win after giving up one run on three hits over two frames.

Angel Pagan hit a solo homer for the Mets. Ruben Tejada had two RBI.

Mike Pelfrey allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits over a three- inning start. D.J. Carrasco got the loss after giving up two runs on four hits over two frames. 

Whats not in the boxscore:

Daniel Murphy played 3B and played it nicely. Murphy is competing for the 2B Job and his value is increasing to the Mets. Murphy shows how versatile he can be on this team as a utility if he does not start at 2B .

On the other hand, Luis Castillo muffed a high chopper, wonder how Murphy or Emaus would have played it.
Hopefully we will see.

Go Mets!

Box score : Click Here

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Collins wants a offensive second baseman

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY asked Terry Collins  if there was a number one factor that existed in determining who wins the second base job between Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy, Luis Castillo and Justin Turner, Terry Collins again stated offense is priority. That would boost the chances of  Brad Emaus and Daniel Murphy and diminish the chances of  Luis Castillo (wishful thinking).

“Second base, to me, has become an enormous offensive position,” Collins said. “Why? I’m not really sure, except some of the guys that have been playing there recently [Chase Utley, Dan Uggla] have put up huge numbers at second."

"But it’s become an offensive position, so to me that’s a big piece to the puzzle, especially when you’ve got that guy [Ike Davis] playing first base that can eat up so much ground over there. It helps out."

Again, I am going to stick to my belief  that Murphy and Emaus will platoon at 2B - DD

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Luis Castillo finally shows up to camp

Luis Castillo finally has showed up to camp this morning and Castillo revealed Sunday in Mets camp that he was being held up due to a private family matter.

His 50-year-old brother was undergoing serious emergency surgery. The second baseman told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin that he would have raised the issue earlier had he known what kind of backlash he would be getting for showing up Saturday, the first day that positional players were required to report.
“I know my situation here, and I try to be practice baseball,” Castillo said. “That’s not easy, because my brother is my family.”
It's Luis Castillo's  position to lose and so far everyone has gotten ahead of Castillo , especially when it comes to work ethic. The combo of Murphy and Emaus should provide the Mets with enough offense where you are going to say, "Louie Who?"

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Luis Castillo may be in Collins' Doghouse

According to Mike Puma of the NY Post,  Luis Castillo already might have one foot in manager Terry Collins' doghouse.

Though position players are not required in Mets camp until tomorrow, Collins yesterday admitted he is disappointed Castillo had not arrived already as a sign he's committed to fighting for the starting second-base job.

"I look out there today and see [Scott] Hairston and [Willie] Harris and [Jose] Reyes and [David] Wright, and those guys are all here," Collins said. "In a position of Luis, where he's competing for a job. . . . I know he's working out, I am aware of that, but I wish he would have been here. This way I could have gotten the conversation over."

Castillo, who is owed $6 million in this final year of his contract, needs a strong camp to avoid getting released. Castillo's competition at second base includes Daniel Murphy, Justin Turner and Brad Emaus.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mets will have a open competition at 2B this spring

There will be a open competition this spring for the second base job on the Mets.  The 4 players that will be vying for that spot will be Dan Murphy, Brad Emaus, Luis Castillo, and Justin Turner.

Eddie D'Anna of gives us his odds:

Dan Murphy (4 to 1)
Forgotten man after the injuries, but he's scrappy, hit .313 his rookie season then rebounded from a sophomore slump to hit .282 the second half of 2009. No defensive whiz, but second base should prove a little less jarring than left field.

Luis Castillo (8 to 1)
GM Sandy Alderson says salary means nothing here and we'll take him at his word. At 35, Castillo's lower half has been beaten down by injuries. I'll be surprised if he can hold off three hungry, young hitters.

Brad Emaus (9 to 1)
He's patient at the plate and has pop -- two things this front office likes. Don't underestimate that. Former Blue Jays farmhand also has an ally in ex-Toronto GM and current Sandy Alderson lieutenant JP Ricciardi.

Justin Turner (15-1)
The 26-year-old has a .309 minor league batting average, can field the position and needs a break. But he'll have to answer questions as to why he's on his third organization and why he hasn't gotten his chance yet.

If  I had to make a prediction I would say the Mets go with the platoon of  Emaus/Murphy over Castillo or Turner. But Castillo's OBP can't be overlooked and Turner's ability to hit might make him a contender.

But lets see who makes a impact during the spring....

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Link: Video : on Mets 2B

Pete McCarthy and senior correspondent Hal Bodley break down the Mets' options at second base in 2011.
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