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Mets not among teams seen as serious players for Castillo

One of the Red Sox, Tigers, Phillies, Cubs, Yankees and Mariners are expected to end up signing Cuban free-agent OF Rusney Castillo, who is currently sifting through offers, according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman (CBS Sports, Aug. 19).

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

“He isn’t Jose Abreu or Yoenis Cespedes in terms of power, but he has above average major-league power,” one official with an interested team told Heyman.

“He was really good,” a GM told Peter Gammons after the July 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.”

According to Heyman, Castillo is expected to sign a $35-$55 million contract and could be ready to play in the big leagues before the end of this season.




202 comments
Christopher De Salvia
Christopher De Salvia

Wow, what a shocker. How's that 90 win thing coming along sandy? Bunch of jokes.

Angel Caro
Angel Caro

This just in ! The Mets seem to be not serious for anything at all at this time.

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

surprise...surprise...last week they were, this one they're not. Can the media stop with all this guessing pls? Fans know better.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

I'm actually OK with this so long as they're in serious contention to bring in Tomas instead. I think he's the player they need more than Castillo anyway. But if they fail to put in a legitimate offer for him too, then the Wilpons and/or Sandy are asleep at the wheel yet again....

RockMarz
RockMarz

why would be...we got eric campbell, capt.k, den dekker,,flores, tejada...are young powerful group of youngsters weve seen enough to know better.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

I don't get it. Why are the Mets not serious contenders for this guy? Céspedes? Abreu? Puig? This team has got to be kidding me. This kid projects to be either a CF or 2B. I completely understand that the Mets are in need of a LF & SS, but are what we have at CF & 2B really that much better than this kid? I know 99% of Mets fans have a huge man-crush on Juan Legares, but I'm not as high on him as others are. His glove is outstanding, Gold Glove caliber, but his hitting has been atrocious. He's hitting .280, but he hasn't hit a HR since it seems like April, he is almost an automatic out when he's up with RISP, and he brings absolutely nothing to the table on the base paths. I understand the importance of his glove in Citi Field, but at some point this kid needs to hit much more than he has to justify an everyday job. I'm not looking for 2007 Carlos Beltran stats in CF - those guys just aren't around anymore - however, something along the lines of what Brett Gardner brings as a CF would be good - .300/.360/10-15HR/60-70RBI/25-30SB - and that is what this Castillo kid will likely produce, at a minimum. Then, at 2B, we have Murphy. Do you really think the Mets are going to retain him beyond 2015? I will be extremely surprised - pleasantly though - if he is on this team in Spring Training. Additionally, Castillo brings better defense to 2B to go along with very similar offensive numbers, but more SB's & probably HRs. Castillo makes just too much sense for the Mets to be players. If he signs for $35-$55 million, do you actually think the Mets will be able to find a better CF/2B at the same value? He has the potential to be a steal and most importantly, HE ONLY COSTS MONEY!!! He doesn't cost a single one of the prestigious prospects that Alderson doesn't want to trade. It's obvious that Alderson doesn't want to spend money, nor does he want to trade any of our pitching prospects. Okay, but how in the world does he envision improving this team? In NY the baseball market, $35-$55 million should be piss in the ocean. If Castillo winds up being a bust - which I highly doubt he will be - then you chalk it up to a chance taken that didn't work out. Plain & simple. It happens in baseball, yet the Mets are so scared of making that kind of mistake again that they refuse to take a chance on someone. It really bothers me because this is the type of guy who could use the dimensions of Citi to his advantage; the type of player SA has said he's wanted. I have a strange feeling, actually an absolute certainty, that the Mets are going to pretty much stand pat this offseason & hope the young pitching brings home a postseason appearance. That means we will see Mat den Dekker; we will see more of Ruben Tejada; we will watch Flores continue to play without a position; and we will see a mishmash of AAA talented players filling in positions that SA fails to address yet again. The strategy of this team seems to be throw enough crap players against the wall & hopefully one or two will stick. It's very upsetting & some may feel I am overreacting, but when a player who can clearly help this team comes along at a reasonable price, yet the team refuses to be players then it is just more of the same garbage we have seen from management for years now.

BTW, did anyone else see the Marlins are over .500? Yeah, the Marlins who were in far worse shape than the Mets were with much worse contracts much more recently than the Mets were. The Marlins have turned things around by playing quality young players & filling out the roster with quality veterans. The difference is that even though the Marlins were burnt by big FA's, even more so than the Mets, they aren't scared to invest money in players they feel can help them win. Additionally, they're doing this without their Matt Harvey in Jose Fernandez. That shows that so long as you sign the right players for the right amount of money - not Chris Young - you can still be competitive when you lose your best young player. The Marlins are example #1, letter A, that the whole "wait until next year because Harvey's injury messes everything up" holds no water. Fernandez might be even better than Harvey, yet the Marlins aren't playing for next year. This isn't TC's fault either; this falls squarely on the shoulders of SA & his cronies for not putting together a competitive team regardless of their budget constraints. The excuses are over. It's time for some action.

Metsfan62
Metsfan62

If this cheap ownership wants to keep all its pitchers then this is the way to go !

donw
donw

Matt, or Fred, or Sandy, can you please explain why the Mets will not be a serious player for this guy?

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

OWNERSHIP is taking no responsibility #weakownership

Dennis Cotto
Dennis Cotto

Just tired. Another meaningless Sept. This sucks just sayin.

ejsch
ejsch

grandy is no better than Jason bay and yet nobody is complaining. it shows how low our expectations have become for this team. sandy and the wilpons must go.


eric88
eric88

Hey Sandy,the Cubs pitcher that dominated us yesterday was drafted in the 8th round in 2011. Where are all your rounds of draft picks. In 4 years not ONE of your draft picks has played an inning of MLB after 4 drafts, and no one of consequence is close. 

Hey Sandy, in 2 years Theo Epstein has turned the Cubs farm system into the # 1 in MLB. You have had 4 years. We need those Draft picks because your FA signings have been so bad.

Brett MacLeod
Brett MacLeod

hate the wilpons...bring Einhorn back to the negotiating table.

Rich Kluender
Rich Kluender

Of course not. What would make anybody ever think the Mets might be interested in a possible stud outfielder.LOL.

Paul Wesolowski
Paul Wesolowski

Selling all my Mets crap , they dont care about the team, why should I support them? Bye

jal888
jal888

Rachel Phelps should have hired Sandy Alderson rather than Charlie Donovan. 

Blanca Recinos
Blanca Recinos

I thought the Mets weren't going to spend money? Why than do fly a team of people in to watch these guys when there are no plans to even make an offer. Zero chance so stop the scam and save the travel expenses.

rico
rico

the mets not being interested in Rusney is old news isn't it?

Mets have too many center fielders and 2nd basemen as it is. 

hopefully they are more curious about Tomas

Jeffrey Goldstein
Jeffrey Goldstein

As long as the Wilponzies own the team, you can avoid writing posts like this and we'll all assume the Mets aren't seen as serious players for anyone at any time.

hashburry
hashburry

Next post:  Mets Not Among Teams Worried About Ever Winning

Does this post about Castillo serve any purpose other than to aggravate the fans in here?  Oh, yeah, need some clicks to get paid!

grillruben
grillruben

It's not like we need a right handed bat. Or a lead-off hitter. Or an outfielder. And it's not like Cuban players have had a track record for success.


2015: "2016 is gonna be the year!"

James
James

@Kevin Joseph Patrick TLDR, but stopped at the Lagares rant, Lagares does justify being in the lineup with his glove and average bat.  Basically with this kid it comes down to do you want to spend the money on him and let Murphy go or keep Murphy.  Personally if this kid pans out I think that might be worth it, but that is the debate you are making.


As for Abreu, Sandy made the right choice here, Duda is hitting almost as well as Abreu in a tougher hitters park with no lineup around him for a lot less money.  Bash Sandy all you want, but he said 1B was not a concern and so far he gets to laugh at you not the other way around.


I also love that you seem to know what this kid will do "at a minimum" without ever seeing a single at bat from the kid nor the kid ever seeing a pitch from a MLB pitcher.  But of course, you know that his "minimum" ceiling is batting .300 in this league.  Glad you are the top scout for the Mets

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

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grillruben
grillruben

@Kevin Joseph Patrick 

Preach! Literally taking a season to develop every piece. Zero urgency. Next year I guess will be about Harvey and Syndergaard. 2016 we will worry about the offense.

@donw 

they are still paying Madoff victims.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@donw Apparently not enough fans have come to the ballpark

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

Beltran was bad his first year, too. However, Beltran turned it around & became one of the best OFers to ever wear a Mets uniform. Bay was given the same benefit of the doubt Granderson has been given. If he doesn't improve next year, then you'll hear everyone calling for his head. Another difference is that Bay came here fresh off an MVP type year, whereas Grandy is coming off a year filled with injuries, specifically a bad wrist injury. If you look at past players with the same or similar injury, you see that it takes the player a full year to return to form. I expect Grandy to turn things around significantly next year, especially if SA adds another bat to the middle of the order, and there won't be any comparisons to Bay. I don't expect early Yankee years Grandy, but I do expect .250/.325/20/80/15. In today's baseball, that is what you get for the money the Mets spent on Grandy.

Metsfan62
Metsfan62

@ejsch  Didn't it take Bay almost 4 yrs to reach 15 hrs. Grandy will hit 20 plus before the year is out .

1harris1
1harris1

Do you really believe that Sandy Alderson is the primary reason for the Mets having the payroll that they do? I'm not a big Alderson fan either, but the current state of the payroll is on ownership.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@D The most worrying thing about this article to me was the following line, "Of course, when Alderson is forced to attack each acquisition individually, rather than receiving a budget from ownership, sometimes he needs to do things like spend on Chris Young today, rather than getting to sit back and hope that a Nelson Cruz drops his asking price tomorrow."

I was under the impression that that **** ended with Omar. That the Wilpons had finally seen the light and allowed their general manager to operate the way all 29 other GMs in baseball do, i.e. by giving him a budget (however small) and letting him work within it's confines however he damn well pleases. But if they're still doing this, "Judge each transaction on a case-by-case basis financially", which is what they did when Omar was around, then that is simply ludicrous. Frankly, I'm surprised Sandy's willing to put up with it if it's true.....

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

YEAH, WHERE IS OWNERSHIP?? I don't see them on tv or being interviewed during these ruff times. WEAK OWNERSHIP.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@D Very interesting perspective. Very sad but true. 

John Schod
John Schod

I think that we are "Madoff's victims"!

eric88
eric88

 @donw No, that's not it. That's the Excuse to spend less. That money is already in escrow.

John Schod
John Schod

At least with the Bay signing, management was showing a commitment to putting a winning product on the field. Currently, there is no such effort to bolster the team.

@Nicholas Vargas 

Bay had a higher OBP. In 100 less AB (first yr), had 1 more RBI then Granderson.


In other words, Bay first yr and Granderson first yr to present. Bay has a higher OBP and one more RBI with nearly 100 less at bats

mrmet4mvp
mrmet4mvp

@rico @Paul Wesolowski It has nothing to do with the W-L record, and everything to do with the obvious fact that ownership/management simply don't care.  Trying and failing is very different than not putting forth the effort at all.  Mets fans can accept bad decisions that don't work out, as long as they seemed reasonable at the time (e.g., we were patient with Bay (even though many of us would have preferred Matt Holliday at the time), but had little tolerance for Chris Young because that was obviously not going to work)--what we're getting really sick of is the apathy from those who run the team.

eric88
eric88

@rico @Paul Wesolowski When is that? Their record is one win worse than last year, you know since the promised 2014 spending spree.besides, define winning.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

Harris, the payroll is nothing. It doesn't matter how much you're given to spend, it's how you spend the limited funds. SA came here with the reputation of being a guy who can get the most out of a low payroll. He hasn't done that. The guys who are contributing to this team are guys that Omar Minaya drafted; guys that accounted for one of the worst rated farm systems in baseball at that time. He hasn't drafted a single player that has contributed to this team yet because he has drafted projects. His only contribution to this team has been Zack Wheeler. Just look at the Marlins. They were in much worse shape than the Mets were much more recently yet they are over .500 & competing for a playoff spot, all without their Matt Harvey. Yes, this IS SA's fault.