Report: Hernandez In, Castillo Out For Mets At Second Base

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Introducing the Mets’ 2011 starting second baseman: Luis… Hernandez?

Not thrilled with his four-headed choice for second base, Mets manager Terry Collins is “preparing” to name Hernandez, a relative unknown, as his opening day starter, according to the New York Post.

“The move will be contingent upon Collins convincing the front office to find roster space for Hernandez,” reported the paper.

Hernandez, 26, appeared in 17 games for the Mets last year before being shut down in September after breaking a toe. This spring, the youngster is hitting .417 (5-for-12).

Collins declared last month that he would be looking for an offense-minded player in that spot, and Luis Castillo, New York’s second baseman under Jerry Manuel, has not hit — since 2009.

In the final year of a four-year, $25 million contract, Castillo didn’t do anything special to help himself stand out this spring. Neither did the other three.


Castillo was trying to beat out Brad Emaus, a winter-meeting draft pick who spent last season in the Blue Jays minor league system; Daniel Murphy, who lost his starting job at first base to Ike Davis after an injury last year; and Justin Turner, who was claimed off waivers from Baltimore last year and spent most of the season in Triple-A Buffalo. Hernandez was hardly even on the radar.

“Last year was tough for me,” Castillo said last week. “I got to show them I can still play. If I don’t make the team I don’t know what I am going to do.”

The Mets will have some details to iron out once Hernandez is named the starting second baseman.

Castillo is owed $6 million this year, and Emaus was a Rule 5 selection, which would require the Mets to offer him back to Toronto if he doesn’t remain on the major league roster this season.

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Murphy, considered the favorite by many, was playing his fourth position in five years and might be better suited for a utility role.

He struggled as an outfielder in 2009 and moved to first base where he was set to start last season before suffering a right knee sprain at the end of spring training.

Former first-round draft pick Ike Davis secured first base while Murphy was on the disabled list, forcing Murphy to try second.

In just his second game playing the position in Triple-A Buffalo in June, he ended up with a season-ending tear of the medial collateral ligament in that same knee.

Was Hernandez your pick for second base? Let us know in the comments below…

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pixy Report: Hernandez In, Castillo Out For Mets At Second Base
  • Master Shake

    Yea. Might as well…


    nothing wrong with hernandez. switch hitter, makes contact and defensively he has rage and a solid glove. Unlike that loser, little girl, louis castillo, this diminutive, light hitting, defensuvely minded switch hitter does, in fact, have range, has a little pop and will hitt he ball with authority. Whats more, he wont pout like a little girl when things aren’t going his way and we won’t see Hernandez bunting with Reyes on first in the second inning! loser! Take care and drag ur little loser buddy, oliver perez, with u! The two of you will go down as the worst position player and pitcher, respectively in NY Mets history.

    • Vinnie from the Bronx

      Seems like Mets fans have not gotten got over Castillo dropping the ball against the Yankees. Tipical Mets fan, like the guy on YouTube screaming the Mets won one in the Bronx until Castillo dropped it. That’s a classic on YouTube.

      Hernandez is not a major league hitter, you already have a catcher with very little power add the pitcher to the line up & that’s 3 easy outs. Add Wright, Bay & Davis striking out a ton & the opposing pitchers are going to have field day with this line up.

      • ColdChill

        It seems that Yankees fans have nothing better to do these days than troll Mets articles. Perhaps you should be worrying about beating the Red Sox who are being picked by ESPN and other major sports outlets to win it all.

      • Vinnie from the Bronx

        oooh boooo hooo,hooo, those are scary words. Boston is picked to win by the Great ESPN staff. I guess the world will end in 2012 as well . I’m sure they all had the Giants to win it all last year as well. You’re an idiot ColdHill to believe in predictions.

        What’s there to worry in Boston about. The Yankees have kicked their A$$es many times before & will again. Check to stats year after year you moron. The stats may surprise you being the idiot that you are.

        Hey, I believe they all have the Mets finishing in 4th place, maybe last this year. Do you believe in that? LOL, LOL

  • Tom Tyers

    They could have named the BurgerKing or Ronald McDonald to play second and it would be ok with me, as long as Castillo is out!

    • Tom Tyers

      Now they just need to trade Perez for a bag of balls or a couple of fungo bats!

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