Cutnpaste: – Luis Castillo, Sale, Wilmer Flores, Francisco Rodriguez, Daniel Murphy



Let us consider the best case scenario for Luis Castillo. In 2009, he hit .302/.387/.346 in 580 PA with 20 stolen bases. He also scored just 77 runs at the top of a Mets lineup that was struggling to score at the time. The lineup is better now, but Castillo has sandwiched that season with two injury-plagued and ineffective campaigns that have had Mets fans calling for his head. Given Castillo’s fragile nature (he has spent 118 days out with injury since 2008) and his red-flag status for missing 15 or more games in 2011, he is a safe bet not to make a full season, which means he is very likely to miss significant time even if he hits at his best.



And here’s where Rosenthal’s speculation about Sternberg’s interest in buying the Mets—something also reported by the New York Post last week—could make some sense, and could help explain why we’re hearing renewed contraction talk. So far the Wilpons say they only want to sell a small cut of the team, something that would rule out Sternberg, who would only want majority control. But if Bernie Madoff trustee Irving Picard has his way, they’ll have to cough up more than $1 billion in damages, something they can’t handle without selling off the entire team (and, it’s likely, the SNY cable network as well).



Wilmer Flores SS (Mets) 2.73 – Everyone says he will eventually move to third or the outfield as he fills out. He should hit for big time power with a good average. With David Wright at third, the outfield may be his best opportunity. If Jose Reyes leaves via free agency next year the Mets may give Wilmer a shot to stay at short at the major league level.


Considering the dilemma the Mets face with Rodriguez’s contract, it’s not such a crazy idea. If they allow K-Rod to finish 55 games this season, his $17.5 million option for 2012 will automatically kick in. If they try to prevent that from happening by resting him excessively, it will elicit a fight from the players’ union.



Of the two other competitors for the job, Daniel Murphy is the recognizable name because of his strong 2008 season. He hit .313/.397/.473 in 151 PA that year, then followed that up with a full season playing first base and a line of just .266/.313/.427. Murphy can avoid the strikeout, as his 11.6 percent career strikeout rate in the minors shows, but his power both in the majors (.161 career ISO) and minors (.157 career) has been merely average and Citi Park certainly is not going to do him favors. It also does not help that Murphy is coming off a right ACL sprain and still cannot find a position in the majors; he will try again at second base this season after having failed in left field. It would not surprise anyone to see him shifted away from the position early in the year, leaving your second base situation high and dry.



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