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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Mets - Signed Castillo

New York Mets - Signed 2B Luis Castillo to a 4-year contract worth roughly $25 million.

There’s no real need to gnash teeth here.  Yes, Castillo’s an average-ish 2B with a speed-based game and is old, but that’s the reason the Mets are keeping him for $6 million a year, potatoes for average players on the free agent market.  The Mets are already one of the elite teams in what is currently the weaker league, so there’s no need to roll the dice and nothing wrong with taking a safe choice.  Castillo’s already lost a huge chunk of his speed without it affecting his game too badly and the dollars quoted here are low enough that the Mets will eat it if a better option arises.  There’s not much available elsewise - the Mets sure as hell wouldn’t be bringing Matsui back even if he were a clearly better option than Castillo, which he isn’t, and several teams are reportedly interested in Iguchi, who is probably just as big a risk as Castillo is.

And Mets fans, I’m really sorry that Tom Herr ended up as the best comp for Castillo - I know that you guys wouldn’t be crazy about that.

2008 ZiPS Projection - Luis Castillo———————————————————————————————————-
              AB   R    H  2B 3B  HR RBI  BB  SO  SB    BA   OBP   SLG ———————————————————————————————————-
Projection   537  82  158  18  4   3  44  57  55  18  .294  .361  .359
2009?        540  81  156  17  4   2  42  53  54  14  .289  .353  .346
2010?        523  77  148  16  3   2  40  49  51  12  .283  .345  .337
2011?        469  68  130  13  3   2  36  44  48   9  .277  .340  .330———————————————————————————————————-
Opt. (15%)   565  98  177  22  6   4  56  67  49  21  .313  .386  .395
Pes. (15%)   355  47   97   9  2   1  23  32  41   8  .273  .332  .318———————————————————————————————————-
Top Comps:  Tom Herr, Mark McLemore
Dan Szymborski Posted: November 20, 2007 at 03:04 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: November 20, 2007 at 06:01 PM (#2621422)
We've already discussed Castillo pretty extensively so here are some other topics for discussion.

The Rangers have DFAed one of my personal favorites, Mini-Manny himself, Victor Diaz. For some reason, and it is really bad on my part as I do genuinely like Diaz, this news made me smile. Only Victor could get DFAed after hitting 9 homers in 104 AB and slugging .538. Victor probably needs to go to Japan and hit like 30-40 bombs a year there. I wouldn't hate giving him a minor league deal and stashing him away in AAA. He did post a .917 OPS in AAA last season.

Man, remember April 2005 when Victor hit .292/.438/.532 and walked 15 times in 81 PA? It's like everything clicked for a month and then it disappeared.

Do you guys think it would be wise to use Aaron Heilman in a trade for a catcher and then just spend money i.e. overpay to get two relievers rather than one?

It doesn't sound like the Mets are interested in signing a free agent pitcher this offseason. Minaya basically said he thought Pelfrey was as good as anyone out there.
   2. DL from MN Posted: November 20, 2007 at 06:15 PM (#2621435)
I think they bid against themselves, gave him too many years, and with Gotay around had a younger above-replacement fallback. Those AB totals look pretty rosy, though the production may be accurate.
   3. CrosbyBird Posted: November 20, 2007 at 06:41 PM (#2621458)
That 2008 projection looks fine to me. Among players with 100+ AB, that OBP would be around 11th in the majors for 2B. The slugging is terrible, but he adds some speed and defense that could make him a useful part.

2B is just a weak position in the majors right now.
   4. Lassus Posted: November 20, 2007 at 06:50 PM (#2621472)
If Russlan re-posted that he misses Victor Diaz, I'm re-posting that I miss Benny Agbayani.
   5. Amit Posted: November 20, 2007 at 07:00 PM (#2621490)
Diaz - now there's a second baseman.
   6. Exploring Leftist Conservatism since 2008 (ark..) Posted: November 20, 2007 at 10:33 PM (#2621817)
As I mentioned elsewhere, Omar continues to disappoint. The Mets had second base covered, and the money could have been much better spent somewhere else.
   7. Amit Posted: November 20, 2007 at 10:46 PM (#2621830)
No, the Mets did not have second base covered. Easley's 2007 screams fluke (highest OPS+ since he was 27) and then he was severely injured. Gotay hit for a while, and then started hitting like he had for the last couple of years. he also fielded like a statue. So how exactly is that "covered"? This is not the 2002 A's. The Mets have the money to buy some certaintly. They do not need to be experimenting on weird combinations of discarded spare parts and non-prospects.
   8. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: November 20, 2007 at 10:53 PM (#2621839)
As I mentioned elsewhere, Omar continues to disappoint. The Mets had second base covered, and the money could have been much better spent somewhere else.

What makes you think the money Omar gave to Castillo is going to prevent them from spending money elsewhere? What else is there on the market do you really think the Mets should go after?
   9. Zeba Zeba Eata Posted: November 20, 2007 at 10:54 PM (#2621841)
I can't say that I'm thrilled about having Slappy back, but on the other hand, he's not worse than most of the other theoretical options out there. Since it's probably better to go with the meh you know than the meh you don't know, I guess this is fine. I doubt the 4th year will be fun, but hopefully that can be discarded if necessary.

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