Note: Luis Castillo is Happy, Alex Cora on Sliding

Luis Castillo said he’s happy, he lost weight, he’s healthy, and he had no pain during the offseason, reports SNY’s Matt Dunn.

Castillo told reporters he heard the trade rumors during the winter, but said he has no control over what the team wants to do – and he will still work hard for the Mets.

…he went through a similar experience last year, dealing with all of the trade rumors and how Orlando Hudson basically wanted his job, and despite his diminished skills at second base, he had a good year at the plate, putting up a typical offensive season by his standards…he definitely didn’t hurt them offensively…

In addition, Alex Cora said, after having surgery on both hands, he is trying not to slide head first, instead switching to feet-first, but he is finding it difficult to make the adjustment.

…i just hope alex doesn’t get hurt trying to protect his hands…