According to an ESPN report, Mets manager Terry Collins wants to see second baseman Luis Castillo released before his club breaks camp.
Although Castillo isn't the best fielding second sacker who ever lived, he's better than Skip Schumaker with the glove. And he has the skills to be a legit leadoff man.
Even though he has struggled after going from the Marlins to New York, he's still managed to hit .296 or better in two of the last four seasons. In 2009 he had a .387 on base percentage. If the Mets cut Castillo loose, I'd sure like to see the Cardinals take a chance on him.
Ryan Theriot is more of a makeshift leadoff man. If Castillo plays like he has in the past, put him up top and move Theriot down to the seventh or eighth spot in the batting order.
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Skip Schumker would still have a role on this club. The Cardinals need someone who can play centerfield behind Colby Rasmus and they could use a defensive replacement in right field for Lance Berkman. Schumaker is so much better suited to play the outfield than he is to play second.