Heyman: Mets would consider Castillo for Pierre

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SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Mets would consider swapping Luis Castillo for Juan Pierre if the Dodgers are up for it.
Both players have two years left on contracts their teams have long regretted handing out. Pierre is owed $18.5 million, while Castillo is due $12 million. The Mets would probably want some cash involved in a straight-up deal.
A trade makes some sense, in that the Dodgers need a second baseman and the Mets are looking for a left fielder. Still, if the players were strong options at those spots, their teams wouldn’t be trying so hard to get rid of them. The Dodgers may prefer getting an overpaid pitcher for Pierre than committing to Castillo at second base. Castillo was an asset with his .387 OBP for the Mets last season, but his defense has fallen off a cliff and he’d be a big downgrade from what Orlando Hudson gave them with the glove last season.

The Angels were the first team to use up all of their mound visits

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Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.

Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.

At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.