The Hidden Value Of Luis Castillo

Monday, June 29, 2009

In a recent article from our friend in Section 518, he writes:

Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts spent a good deal of time today ripping Omar Minaya for giving Luis Castillo a four year contract back in 2008, and for good reason. I’m a Castillo fan and even I cringe at the thought that he’ll be around for two more years. But Joe and Evan didn’t mention a key factor. Even though Castillo had scored 37 runs in 50 games with an OBP of .371, it was his potential off-field contributions that necessitated his return.

It gets forgotten now, but Luis Castillo was an key factor in the Johan Santana acquisition. Santana publicly complained when Minnesota traded Castillo to the Mets, calling it a salary dump. But it apparently went further than that behind the scenes, as this article from Brian Lewis of the NY Post describes:

“I remember the day I got traded, remember Johan. He went to me in the locker room. We talked for 20 minutes. I explained everything. He told me everything, told me he wanted to play with the Mets the day I got traded…”

Now, is that worth a four year contract for $25 million? Of course not. But we should keep it in mind when we discuss the contract. Had the Mets waited for Orlando Hudson, they might have missed out on Johan Santana. For all its faults, the Castillo contract was a show of faith to Johan, a sign that this organization was going to go out of it’s way to make him comfortable. So, at least we’ve got that going for us…

...personally, I, Eli, like what Castillo has been doing for us this year...he is fielding and moving better than we thought he would....his .279 slap stick average as of June 29th, lack of injury, along with his 35 walks and just 17 strikeouts in 64 games, make him, perhaps, a bit expensive for $6.25 million but when you take a look around the rest of the club - 2nd base, for us, is not all that bad....

Your thoughts?


Logan Tropps said...

Do you think Citi Field's dimensions have contributed to the lack of home runs off Castillo's bat this year? At this rate, he will have 3 home runs less than last year's total (3).


wario said...

Although he is not hitting for avg. anymore, the Mets when healthy are not and should not be relying on his bat, and should be relying more on his defense and speed, in that order.

.....personally, i, wario, have liked the approach Castillo has taken after he dropped the ball. Usually gold glove 2nd basemen aren’t going to go out there and take extra fielding practice, and talk to reporters... basically he didn’t pull a Lebron.

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Lol, I, Eli, agree with ya, Wario. He really pulled together after that dropped fly ball and took it in stride.

G-d bless you, Castillo.