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Luis Castillo a Marlin again?

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In case you haven't heard, Luis Castillo was released by the Mets yesterday.


The New York Mets today announced that they have released 35-year-old second baseman Luis Castillo.

The 5-11, 191-pound switch-hitter had one year left on his contract.

The Marlins are now considering him has an option at second base.


With rookie third baseman Matt Dominguez struggling to hit, the Marlins might be poised to revamp their infield by reuniting with Luis Castillo.

The Marlins are having internal talks about whether to sign their former second baseman, who was released Friday by the New York Mets. But Florida has made no contact with Castillo's agent and probably won't make a decision until Monday.

Florida's interest at this point, according to a source, mainly stems from "what (Castillo) means to the organization.' Castillo, who is owed $6 million by the Mets, most likely would have to accept a minimal salary to play for the Marlins.

If Castillo is signed by the Fish, Infante would move to third. It is very true that Matt Dominguez's hitting has been far from impressive. His slash stats are .219/.324/.438 for the spring. Then again, we are only talking 32 AB and that isn't enough times at the plate to say one way or the other. The fact that the Marlins are even considering this means they have real concerns about Dominguez.

I think the world of Louie, he was fantastic when he was with the Marlins earlier in his career. But this isn't 2003 anymore. And he is not the player he once was. However, that doesn't mean he can't put together a decent year. But the odds are he won't. Should the Marlins decide to do this only expect Castillo to be a little better than a replacement player.

Of course the Marlins could just sign him as a low cost insurance policy and if Dominguez makes the club, release him. However, I'm sure Luis is looking for a better option than that.

At this point, given the makeup of the team, I don't think they should sign him. The team is going with the youth movement and it is probably best to keep moving in that direction. If Dominguez is not ready to go, Donnie Murphy along with Wes Helms can hold down third. But if they are considered too valuable off the bench, which is more than likely the Marlins thinking, Ozzie Martinez should be the second baseman. He is going to end up there sooner or later and I don't see a problem with sooner.

But should the Marlins sign Louie, I am fully prepared to cheer for him as I always have. Just not going to expect him to be what he once was.