Castillo or not Castillo?

March, 14, 2011

Luis Castillo

Second Base
New York Mets


2010 Season Stats
86 0 17 28 .337 .235
There are rumblings around baseball that Terry Collins is firmly in the not-Luis Castillo camp for second base, but there's still a chance he gets Castillo on his roster at second base anyway because Collins has bosses too.

Collins, according to one insider, is trying to limit the drama around the 2011 Mets. And not having Castillo around potentially helps that cause.

Brad Emaus clearly has a backer in J.P. Ricciardi despite the Rule 5 pick's underwhelming Grapefruit League performance so far, so stay tuned.

Scouts say Castillo is winning the job on merit, if only by default -- one member of the Mets' staff recently said that as well -- but that doesn't mean he's ultimately selected.

And one rival executive still believes Castillo won't see Opening Day in Miami. "I think he will be out before spring training ends," the person said.

Meanwhile, the Daily News reports Dan Warthen is the primary advocate for Oliver Perez, who still is likely to be released before Opening Day despite retiring the first batter he faced as a lefty specialist.

Adam Rubin

ESPN Staff Writer
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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