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Has Luis Castillo Played His Last Game For New York Mets? Who Will Play Second?

Luis Castillo is concentrating on his future in New York
Luis Castillo is concentrating on his future in New YorkAl Bello/Getty Images
Wendy AdairAnalyst IOctober 24, 2010

The Mets have a lot of decisions to make this fall and winter, including GM, Manager, Coaching Staff and roster changes.

One of the most controversial positions for the last few years has been second base. Luis Castillo started 2010 as the everyday second baseman, but a heel injury sidelined him for most of the first half. 

After the All-Star Break, Castillo returned but was still hampered by foot pain, which made him ineffective and tentative. He eventually lost everyday status to Ruben Tejada. 

Obviously, this did not go over well with Castillo as he knew that his future on the Mets was in jeopardy.  He is owed approximately $12 million in 2011, which the Mets may decide to swallow in order to make a deal for a new second baseman.

Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy may both be given the chance to audition for the job in spring training, or a trade involving either Dan Uggla or Orlando Hudson may make the competition even fiercer this spring.

Murphy was in line to begin preparation for the role of second baseman last year before he had a knee injury in spring training.  He would have returned to the team early in the season, but a takeout side in a rehab game ended his season before it had a chance to begin, so he is playing in winter ball and made his debut last night.

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