4 More Years! 4 More Years!

Bart Hubbuch’s New York Post Met Notes give us this wonderfully reassuring news about second baseman Luis Castillo:

Castillo, who landed a controversial four-year deal worth $25 million from the Mets in the offseason despite arthroscopic knee surgery, said his right knee continues to cause him problems.

Asked if he needs some time off, Castillo said: “Sometimes, I do. When I play three or four games in a row, maybe I can get a day off. I’m going to talk to Willie about it.”

Teflon GM Omar Minaya and his manager Willie Randolph, who both heart the veterans, will hopefully give Castillo all the time off he needs this season while the Mets try to win a championship. The Mets won’t miss Castillo’s bat too much since he is hitting below the Mendoza Line.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati Reds 2B Jeff Keppinger is following up his 2007 campaign where he batted .332 with a 2008 .327 avg and a salary of #402,500. Keppinger was traded by the Mets to the Royals for Ruben Gotay, who was later released by the Mets for not having the sort of fielding skills that the Mets already should have known he didn’t have.

Luis Castillo will be 36 years old by the end of his current contract.

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