Cutnpaste: – Bernie’s Return, Castillo, F-Mart, More F-Mart, Tony Fernandez

Bernie’s Returns:
Mr. Wilpon and Mr. Katz marveled at Mr. Madoff’s record of success and talked of returns that would consistently outperform the market. But to be among those referred by the Mets’ owners, one had to agree to odd and puzzling terms that restricted direct contact with or questioning of Mr. Madoff. Sterling Equities, the family company that owns the Mets, would administer all the referred accounts and handle the transactions between the investors and Mr. Madoff’s firm.

So where would he fit in a lineup? The No. 8 spot is the logical destination, a switch-hitter behind two lefties, Davis and catcher Josh Thole. That deep in the lineup, Castillo could do the whole pesky at-bat thing, fouling off pitches and annoying pitchers. It’s not like pitchers would approach him differently. In 2009, for example, he saw the second-most fastballs of any hitter in baseball (only David Eckstein saw more). Why? Because he doesn’t produce extra-base hits. So No. 8 works.

Those who forget Fernando Martinez’s age need only to throw a glance in his direction. Martinez, long one of the Mets’ most promising prospects, looks even younger than his 22 years suggest. But time, regardless, is growing short for Martinez, once unquestionably the organization’s best position player prospect and now a potential flameout. Battling injuries again last season, and later in Winter Ball, Martinez made no noticeable gains on the diamond last season. After a lengthy series of knee injuries, few scouts still consider Martinez the prodigy they once did.¬ebook_id=16690192&vkey=notebook_nym&c_id=nym&partnerId=rss_nym

More F-Mart:
Coming in at #8 is a familiar face: Fernando Martinez. Considering that he made his major league debut in 2009, it may not seem to be a good sign that he is still considered a prospect, but he is still just 22 years old and has plenty of time left to fulfill his once great potential. Martinez is placed lower down on the prospect rankings than he has in past years primarily because of his health. During the offseason, Martinez was diagnosed with arthritis in his knee, which is something he will have to deal with the rest of his life, and that will impact the rest of his career. Any chance of him playing centerfield is all but eliminated, which decreases his value as a prospect. Having arthritis also makes it more likely that he could end up being a one half of a platoon rather than an everyday player, and that he may not be able to avoid stints on the disabled list, two factors that also decrease his value.

Tony Fernandez:
Tony Fernandez: From another Opening Day, I think it was 1994, my pal Bill Kettleberger said to my pal John Haley: “New York is going to love Tony Fernandez.” It wouldn’t be the first time he was wrong. Not only did New York not love Fernandez, the feeling was mutual. It was clear he was as thrilled to be in New York than Juan Samuel and Richie Hebner were. He was pretty much in tank from Day 1 and didn’t care if anyone knew.


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