Mile High Update

 

The Denver Post  has some interesting tidbits on the Rockies offseason.

  • Rockies are close to a deal with middle reliever Matt Herges. Herges was very effective for the Rockies last season, sporting a 2.96 ERA in 35 games.
  • The Yorvit Torrealba saga continues as he is now looking to re-up with the Rockies after Omar Minaya told him that he was not alright. Speculation is the Rockies won’t budge on the 2 years for 7 million offer.
  • Lastly, Kaz Matsui looks to be leaving town as both the Cubs and Astros have offered more loot than the Rox.
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Report: Castillo signs with Mets; 4 years, $25M

 

According to www.impactodeportivo.com.do, the New York Mets have signed free agent 2nd baseman Luis Castillo to a 4 year deal worth $25M.   This report is unconfirmed by the Mets.

If true, this is a gigantic fleece for Castillo over the Mets. The 2nd baseman has battled injuries in recent years that seem to have robbed him of one of his greatest assets: his speed.  Castillo can still handle the stick well, though.  In 50 games for Los Mets last year, he hit .296 with an impressive .371 OBP. 

Still, this deal takes Castillo into his age 36 season.   Coupled with the Yorvit Torrealba 4 year offer which fell apart, this offseason appears to be a short sighted one for Omar who may be looking to save his job by saving 2008.   Stay tuned.

 Update: Omar Minaya was spotted wearing a fleece given by Castillo’s agent as a gift.

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Where do the Mets go from Here?

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Now that Yorvit Torrealba and the NY Mets have broken off contract talks, Omar Minaya finds himself in a difficult situation. The Mets have made in clear that they are not interested in bringing back Paul Lo Duca for a second tour of duty with the team. The free agent class is suspect, with Jason Kendall & Michael Barrett as options, but far less intriguing options. The Mets had turned their attention to Torrealba because they found the asking price for trade candidates too steep. Ramon Hernandez & Kelly Shoppach are two options Omar is said to have looked into, but the Orioles and Indians are said to want a “top-end” prospect, and Omar would prefer save his chips to try and acquire a front-end starting pitcher.

Keith Law of ESPN writes this morning about 10 intriguing trade candidates. Making the list is Texas backstop Gerald Laird. Laird, 29, has become expendable with last year’s acquisition of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Laird is a fine defensive catcher, throwing out over 39% of base-stealers. He had a disappointing season with the bat in 2007, hitting just .224 with 9 HR and 47 RBI. Law feels the Mets could have interest here, as 2007 is viewed by some as a fluke. Omar has some tough decisions to make. Ramon Castro recently signed a 2 year $4 million offer, and the Mets could consider giving him a crack at the full-time job behind the plate. If they opt to go another route, however, Minaya once again leaves himself open to get fleeced. Regardless, Yorvit Torrealba turning down the Mets’ 3 year $14.4 million offer at the last minute could be a blessing in disguise.