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Mets have not had a private workout with Castillo, who is ready to field offers

Cuban OF Rusney Castillo is close to concluding his private workouts for interested teams and he will soon begin fielding contract offers (Sanchez, Aug. 13).

The Mets were among several teams to attend Castillo’s workout in Miami. However, at least so far, they have not had him in for a private workout (Cerrone, Aug. 14).

The Tigers, Astros, Yankees and Phillies are among teams rumored to have interest in Castillo, who is 5’9″, 185 pounds (MLB.com, Aug. 14).

“He was really good,” a GM told Peter Gammons after the workout (Gammons Daily, Aug. 1). “He showed everything – power, speed, defensive ability. He hasn’t been a big performer in Cuba, but he looks like he could be really interesting. My guess is a 20-HR, 30-steal center fielder, who might be able to play second base. He’s a free swinger, but that can improve.”

Castillo’s bidding could get up to as high as $50 million, which is already chasing some teams away, such as the Twins (Sanchez, July 29).




98 comments
Sotiri Konstantos
Sotiri Konstantos

The Mets have a great farm system with plenty of prospects ; being the NY Mets comes with a responsibility to the city and it the fans not to rely on gambling every year with fielding prospects !!! sandy has to go after free agents

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

i looked at the system, nobody even close. the end thats why. stop overvaluing your prospects. none of our prospects gets us higher than 3rd place. we need outside help and possibly at 3 positions i am starting with LF and ss.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

One of these Cuban players is going to come here and be an absolute bust, that's just the law of averages. What are the odds it's the one the Met's do decide to go after?

lindro88
lindro88

These articles are just meant to draw comments. The Mets were never going to sign this guy, just like all but the one that does. So they went to his workout, I bet every team sent someone. From now on when Cerrone puts up articles simply to get everyone stirred up, maybe 3 coments instead of 83 would be more appropriate. He's trolling us

vimets
vimets

If the Mets were to sign Castillo, where would Largares play?

hashburry
hashburry

Why would anyone have suspected the Mets had a private workout?  No one even suggested it.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Why even talk about this?.. the Mets are not gonna sign him.

Bob
Bob

The owners are cheap liars... Freddy Wilpon didn't want to trade/sign Piazza if you recall. They got scammed and are now hiding. They chased Johan, Pedro, and Beltran with Madoff money. Wait and see for the excuses they come up with for not acquiring Tulo, Cargo, Baez, Castro, Kemp, Stanton, or any other big name player you can think of. They will sit here and pray that MDD becomes a superstar. 


A fun little tidbit on Jeff Wilpon also- on his Sterling Equities and Brooklyn Cyclones Biography it says that he played in the Expos minor league system. Lies! He didn't play one game anywhere! http://www.metstoday.com/3669/shea-what/did-jeff-wilpon-play-pro-ball/

Elaine Varian
Elaine Varian

Wow a leadoff hitter and we didn't show interest!!! How shocking!!! I mean we don't really need one anyway, do we? Nah, let's let someone else bid on him. wouldn't want to fall over dead with sticker shock...lol

javy180
javy180

Cheap ass mets ain't betting on Castillo. This is why i haven't been to a game in 3 years. Not until they the Mets put a good product on the field.

robby
robby

That dosen't surprise me.  The Mets are all talk no action

Blanca Recinos
Blanca Recinos

Obviously the Mets are out of it. They didn't learn from the enormous mistake of not signing Abreu last year. They need speed and offense, especially considering your getting nothing from Wright.

Sotiri Konstantos
Sotiri Konstantos

Look at the Mets farm system, why would they need to add to that system and pay that kind if money for a ???

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

I think I'd rather they went after Tomas than this kid, if they're going to go after any Cuban defectors. He may be less well-rounded, but he sounds like he has more raw power. Which this team needs more than speed or centerfield defense right now.

Derek Lee
Derek Lee

Y would they they dont need offense (sarcasm)....hahaha

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Seriously Metsblog?!!!


I can't even put up a Wikipedia link about Jeff Wilpon? You delete Wikipedia now? 


You see why your fan base is like it is? Because you are so worried about censoring what people say.


Get over yourselves! 

elcondor
elcondor

Castillo projects as a CF, not a good fit here, I'll pass.

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

Fred, Jeff….please sell a majority stake in the team…then the team can get good players and you can make a fortune on your majority stake sale. The team will then get better, be worth more and your minority stake will keep funds coming in and you can pass that stake to your grandkids.


This way, everyone wins.

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

I dont think this should be a surprise...if any of you think the payroll is going to go higher than what it is now, I think you will be disappointed. I firmly believe Den Dekker will be given the chance at LF next season while Flores or Reynolds will be given the opportunity at SS. Then, come trade deadline....Murph will be traded and Herrera will be given the chance at 2B, thus continuing am affordable rebuild effort. 


I can't see a scenario nor do I have the confidence that this team will do the ground work to bring in proven players...but like everyone says every year....


Who is realistically out there that the Mets could or should get? Apparently no one....



matt520
matt520

Off topic but......does this latest injury to Tulo convince any more Met fans that he would be a disaster here? Are there still any fans out there that want to take the gamble of giving up multiple topprospects and that huge contract?

If Im the Rockies GM, im kicking myself for not selling high at the deadline.

John Schod
John Schod

The resigning of Murphy will be the litmus test of management's intentions, which no loyal Met fan can assume anything favorable.


IMO, Murph deserves Hunter Pence-type money.

rico
rico

We already have 500 CF's and 2nd baseman, I'm more curious about Tomas not Rusney who will be costly, chancy and redundant for the Mets

Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

@Bob Stop it with Tulo. He's getting surgery on his hip and as far as I'm concerned he is done as a shortshop.  

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@Bob  I checked the 1983 Jamestown roster.. and theres NO Wilpon on it! your right.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Blanca Recinos Of course little things like some of the scouts thought he was going to struggle hitting in the MLBs might have had something to do with it. It's real easy in hindsight. But at the time there were very real concerns about him and the Met's couldn't afford to be wrong with their financial situation.  

anymos
anymos

@Blanca Recinos I supported the idea of Abreu last year, but saw it wasn't realistic as soon as free agency opened up and we started hearing the Mets had 'sticker shock.' Really though, its tough to say not having Abreu is an enormous mistake in light of Duda's performance this season.  7th best OPS for 1b in all of baseball and 5th best WAR.  Now, is it a fluke?  We'll see, because he's going to be the starting first baseman next year from the beginning.  Its really the first time he's been with the team that he can come into the season completely comfortable- not fightting for a job or learning a new position.  For once maybe we can get lucky and he'll flourish and not fall flat on his face like Ike.

manicmesia
manicmesia

@Steven Molello If they, as I assume, leveraged the Mets with debt to finance the purchase of shares from Doubleday in addition to the debt on the stadium and the network, a sale would probably not net them near the return you think.

Right now as long as the team makes enough money to finance down the debt (and I'm assuming even with the poor attendance and bad teams they're making a profit even after paying the debt), then every day they hold on to the team not only are they making money, but the value of franchises are doing nothing but going up.

If you're a soccer fan you saw this kind of thing go on with Tom Hicks and Liverpool.  The only difference is American sports have mechanisms to help poor teams get better, and the revenue split is much more even, guaranteeing the Mets a baseline revenue that the soccer team did not have.  

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Steven Molello Heck, I'm sure that the new majority ownership will let you guys still have a luxury suite, run of the stadium, your famous spring training photo ops, and even a party with Mr. Met.

jamets
jamets

@BerryBeltran I would be shocked if Flores or Reynolds starts at SS or denDekker in LF. Even if they don't raise payroll, there are better options out there than any of those guys.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@BerryBeltran You can already see that the Mets are trying to package Renyolds as "the answer" at shortstop.  They'll say, "oh, why don't you give the kid a chance!  Why do we have to risk a long term contract on some free agent?"

The New New York Mets: "Come out to see our young players, hopefully they'll pan out."

Metsfan62
Metsfan62

@BerryBeltran  Sooner then later are stud pitchers will become free agents . What the Mets really are is a farm team for all the other MLB teams. If the Wilpons  cant afford a New York team then sell !

aaar2d2
aaar2d2

@BerryBeltran  That whole first paragraph I think will be exactly what happens. Cheap controllable talent.

jamets
jamets

@matt520  I'd still take him. Depends how much the injury brings the price down.

archer41
archer41

@matt520 Agreed.  I wanted no part of Tulo, an expensive disaster waiting to happen.

jamets
jamets

@John Schod  Ridiculous.  He won't get anywhere near that much from anyone.

aaar2d2
aaar2d2

@John Schod  That isn't happening. I like Murph, but not that much =) That is about 8ish a year overpayment.

Bob
Bob

@Vincent Santiago  To be quite honest with you I don't support trying to trade for Tulo and Cargo, I tihnk they're both too risky as injury threats. it's just the idea of going out and acquiring a big player that I support.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Metsfan62 @BerryBeltran It's kind of like the Tampa Bay Rays, without the top notch talent evaluation.  Not to mention that the Mets have their own, new "state of the art" stadium and television network.  I wonder where all that money is going?

John Schod
John Schod

@Tarheel11 @John Schod  He will end up the year in the top ten in multiple offensive categories as a second baseman. Also, the team has been pathetic offensively.


Is SF a larger-market team than NYC?


I know that the Mets will NEVER pay him accordingly a la Reyes.


However, for everyone who is waiting for the young talent to develop, please realize that every year will bring our best players closer to free agency.


So what is the future when you're going to constantly trading away your best talent.


Remember the major market teams consider the Padres, Astros, Marlins, etc. to be their farm teams for talent!

anymos
anymos

@John Schod @Tarheel11 I hesitate to say no one would pay Murph that much after the ridiculous contract the Marlins gave Jose, but I would be shocked.

John Schod
John Schod

@Tarheel11 @John Schod  We have all seen many ridiculous contracts in MLB. Unfortunately, many Mets fans have been conditioned to believe that our talent is worth far less than on other teams. And if you produce like Beltran, Dickey, Reyes, Byrd, etc., then you are going to be traded.


Which major upgrade did we make throughout the season over the past five years to help bolster the team? NO ONE!

John Schod
John Schod

@Tarheel11 @John Schod  It all depends on what the overall payroll is. As a fan, I don't care how much money management spends. I am concerned when it is so shamefully low that it detracts from filling obvious needs, like SS and LF.