Is Castro Odd Man Out?

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 24, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 17:  Ramon Castro #11 of the New York Mets throws to first against the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game on May17, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Brian Schneider is due to come off the Disabled List sometime next week, forcing the Mets to decide who will be the back-up catcher: Ramon Castro or Omir Santos...

One hit does not make a career, but the morning after one of the most dramatic ninth innings that I can remember in the last ten years of Mets history, it's hard to fathom Santos being sent back down to the minors.
Last night, Wright and Castillo were the only players in their original positions from Opening Day; the Mets simply can't afford to limit themselves by carrying three catchers.
But Santos has done more then hit one home run; he's hitting .270 (63 AB), has shown decent speed, and reportedly, the pitchers like throwing to him.
Ramon Castro, in nine more at-bats (71 AB), is hitting a mere .239, has a much lower slugging percentage (.366 vs. .422), is a double play machine, and is always a threat to get injured.
Even if the Mets cut ties with Castro (either by trade or if he doesn't accept an assignment) and Santos flopped or there was an injury, the Mets now have Javier Valentin in AAA, who is hitting .333, which includes a home run and a double last night (.704 Slg. Pct.).