Is RamonCastro On His Way Out...

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Is RamonCastro On His Way Out...
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There were rumors this off-season that Ramon Castro was being heavily shopped, but that the Mets couldn't find a taker for the back-up catcher. Just prior to spring training it was reported that the reason Castro was shopped, was because they had offered him the starting job, in 2007 and Castro seemed more comfortable as a back-up.

On a team that is highly criticized for it's lack of fire, being a content player is not going to be considered an asset and when that player gets off to a .233 start, he might find himself looking for work. The only thing that might save Castro is the fact that the Mets owe him just under three million for the season and have been reluctant to lose any money in player contracts this year....

If anyone thought Jerry's love fest for Omir Santos was lip service to a young player, they better re-think that idea, Manuel pinch hit for Castro with Santos in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, down by a run and bases loaded. The risk didn't work out but the message was definitely sent; players who over achieve, work hard and give it there all will be getting the chances. Manuel may have lost Castro, but something has to be done to wake this team up....

The Mets say that Santos calls a good game, the pitchers like throwing to him and he is quiet behind the plate. I found that being a quiet catcher means that they don't move around a lot and frame pitches well. After Manuel's ultimatum to the rotation; Pelfrey, Maine and Hernandez all had decent outings with Santos behind the plate....

Offensively Santos has been very hot to start his Mets career, he had a six game hitting streak in his first six starts. He's hitting .269 with a .500 slugging percentage that includes a grand slam, a triple and a double.

The Mets don't have to make a decision immediately as Schneider is still recovering from his back and calf injuries.

Jerry Manuel defended his odd move to pinch-hit a cold Omir Santos for Ramon Castro in the ninth inning of today's 4-3 loss to the Marlins, saying he felt Santos was better suited to face hard-throwing closer Matt Lindstrom. source NY Post

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