Should the Tigers Go After Luis Castillo?

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Today the New York Mets released 2B Luis Castillo.  A .290 career hitter with 370 stolen bases, the three-time National League All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner has had a productive spring. In 28 Grapefruit League at-bats, Castillo hit .286 for the Mets.

After undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee last September, 2B Carlos Guillen has recently been slated to begin the season in Lakeland, Fl on a rehab assignment.

This spring, Will Rhymes and Scott Sizemore have been battling it out for Guillen’s spot. Sadly neither of them are running away with the job at this point either. Sizemore is currently hitting a robust .222 and Rhymes is hitting .250. To this point Rhymes has looked much better defensively than Sizemore. Beyond that, it’s any-ones game with less than two weeks until Opening Day.

With no clear cut leader in the horse race for the Detroit Tigers 2B job I wonder if the Tigers might consider Castillo?

So, how much would he cost? Anthony DiComo of MLB.com weighs in on the financial obligations of the Mets.

In releasing him, the Mets absorbed the $6 million remaining on the four-year, $25 million contract Castillo signed prior to the 2008 season. Even if the second baseman signs with another team, the Mets will be on the hook for that money.

So what that tells me-purely speculation-Castilla could be had for relatively cheap. He is getting an estimated guaranteed $6 million from the Mets already. With less than two weeks until Opening Day it might be in Castillo’s best interest to sign a fairly cheap one year deal to re-establish value for himself. The line for his services would be relatively short.

It’s not all gravy though, Castillo does have baggage. After career-altering knee issues Castillo has watched his production at the plate suffer quite a bit last season. In just 86 games last season, he finished with a less than stellar line of .235/.337.267- a far cry from his .302 average the year before.

I personally would rather take my chances with Will Rhymes. However, it is worth noting that Castillo was a member of both the 1997 and 2003 World Series Championship teams. As we all know, Dave Dombrowski loves his former Marlins!

Topics: Detroit Tigers, Hot Stove, Luis Castillo, Spring Training

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  • http://southsideshowdown.com Travis Miller

    Don’t do it!!!!

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  • Bob

    Hell no! Stay away from this guy as if he were radioactive. The last thing the team needs is an over the hill 2nd baseman whose best years are behind him. What a truly repugnant idea.

    • Frank

      “over the hill 2nd baseman whose best years are behind him” Like Guillen?

  • Erik Schmidt

    Castillo has a guaranteed contract – he cannot sign another one. He can be signed by any team for the league minimum (400k) portion of his current contract. So money is not the issue, it’s simply who wants him and who he wants to play with.

  • jayrc

    Don’t get it twisted…
    As I stated in the last paragraph, I am against the idea.
    The thought seemed relevant though with neither Rhymes or Sizemore tearing the cover off the ball.

    Brad Penny is sure talking about his former teammate quite a bit on the ole’ twitter..
    “Luis Castillo is a good player. I think the mets made a bad move.”
    and
    “Luis Castillo hit .302 in 09. Had an off year last year but hitting .286 this spring. .290 career average. Not bad!”

    Just kicking around ideas on a boring Friday night. Thanks for the feedback folks.

  • http://www.motorcitybengals.com Matt Snyder

    It’s a good question. One that should be asked, investigated, and then quickly turned down.

  • http://scarletandgame.com Joe Dexter

    Call me crazy, but I think it would be a good insurance policy for second base. A minor league deal and no promises doesn’t hurt a thing.

  • StephenGrosberg

    One of the secrets of coming to good conclusions is elininating. The Tigers have Will Rhymes at my #1 and Worth/Sizemore/Douglas and others. The last thing they need is another 2B. They don’t really need anything if they move up the winners and DL wherever possible. Ordonez may need the DL to bring up Dirks. Oliveros would be my off the 40 man candidate. I’m betting on Jose Ortega vs. Oliveros. I know it’s off the subject, but each promotion of a player not on the 40 man means someone has to be dropped. Eventually it will be Wilk vs. Gonzalez or Brad Thomas.