Remember that report over the weekend about the Mets maybe releasing Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez? Maybe it’s just Perez:
Contrary to a weekend report that had the Mets considering releasing Luis Castillo, a club source Monday said the club has every intention of bringing him to spring training to compete for the second base job in 2011.
Not sure why you’d release Castillo now anyway. It’s not like any of the possible replacements — Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus or Justin Turner — are stone cold locks. Each has something to recommend him and, yes, Castillo is overpaid for what he does, but it’s entirely possible that he’d outperform those dudes. Unless someone actually wanted Castillo, which seems unlikely, I don’t see why you wouldn’t at least bring him to camp.
As for Perez, the article suggests that he wouldn’t be released unless and until he fell on his face at Port St. Lucie. Which will probably happen, of course, because he’s got nothin’.
It was first reported that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista were close to a deal last night. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is near completion. It will likely a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.
Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.
The Jays, who already lost Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, get their slugger back on a short term deal. Unlike anyone else, they don’t have to give up the draft pick attached to him via the qualifying offer. Bautista, in turn, will make, on average, more than he would’ve made on the qualifying offer if he would’ve accepted it and a raise over the $14 million he made in 2016.
The Padres have signed Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
As recently as the middle of the 2015 season it looked like Cahill’s career would meet a premature end, but after being released by the Braves and signing with the Cubs in August of that season he has been a remarkably effective reliever. He has posted a 2.61 ERA in 61 games in Chicago and has posted a strikeout rate far above his career norms.
He’s not someone you necessarily want taking the hill when the leverage is high, but in San Diego the leverage won’t be all that high all that often.