Castillo agrees to 4 yr $25M deal to stay with Mets

November 19, 2007 at 8:49 am 7 comments

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NEW YORK — Second baseman Luis Castillo decided to stay with the New York Mets, reaching a preliminary agreement Sunday night on a $25 million, four-year contract.

Castillo must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized, a person with knowledge of the talks said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not made an announcement.

The three-time All-Star hit .296 for the Mets with 10 steals and 20 RBIs for the Mets, who acquired him from Minnesota on July 30. He batted .304 with 18 RBIs for the Twins.

Castillo also won three Gold Gloves and provided steady defense up the middle with shortstop Jose Reyes despite playing on a sore knee that limited his speed. While Castillo struck out for the final out of the season and completed the Mets’ collapse from a seven-game NL East lead, the 32-year-old infielder hit .316 in September.

Castillo’s preliminary agreement came the same day that two-time Cy Young Award winner Tom Glavine decided to leave the Mets and return to the Atlanta Braves, his original team.

Glavine, who lives in the Atlanta area, was given an $8 million, one-year contract by the Mets’ NL East rival after turning down a $13 million option to stay with New York and receiving a $3 million buyout.

On a busy weekend, the Mets also broke off talks with free-agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who was set to replace Paul Lo Duca as the team’s regular starter. The sides had reached a preliminary agreement last week on a $14.4 million, three-year contract that was subject to a physical.

Glavine’s departure leaves the Mets searching for even more starting pitching in a market that is thin. Livan Hernandez, a free agent, is one possibility. If Minnesota can’t re-sign Johan Santana, who can become a free agent after next season, the Mets are interested in trying to work out a trade for the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erik  |  November 19, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    considering the market of second baseman it is a good deal… maybe iguchi would have been fine… but I like the glove. Maybe 5 yrs too late as a hitter… but he is a great #2 hitter.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 19, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    I wouldn’t hit him #2 at all. He’s a singles hitter with fading speed and a slowing bat. He would be a good #8 hitter. He still has gret hands and an ok arm for 2B but his range is dwindling and may be below average in 3-4 years. I would’ve checked in on Marcus Giles or tried a trade for Baltimore’s Brian Roberts and their catcher Ramon Hernandez.

  • 3. Erik  |  November 19, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Giles is fading faster than Britney Spears.

    Brian Roberts the asking price was too much and same with hernandez.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 19, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Giles is still a better option on a one year deal, maybe a two year deal. The asking price is high on those guys but the O’s will come down on at least Hernandez. Roberts will be hard to get.

  • 5. Charlie Nehl  |  November 20, 2007 at 9:33 am

    It’s a decent deal, and yeah, I agree he should be batting 7th or 8th. Setting up a sac bunt by the pitcher, and some RBI chances by Reyes. But in all on honesty, he’s on his downward decline with his speed and range, but still an above average player.

    Not sure how well Giles would fit in their lineup in all honesty. Brian Roberts would help the Mets alot, but doubt they could aquire him with out giving up Carlo Gomez or Milledge in return, or top pitching prospects.

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 20, 2007 at 11:40 am

    I would give up Gomez in a heartbbeat for Roberts. Gomez is good but he is not as good as people think.

  • 7. Charlie Nehl  |  November 20, 2007 at 11:44 am

    He’s pretty much just fast. He’s an alright ballplayer outside of that… but yeah, roberts is better in general.


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