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Help me here: why is Castillo so unpopular?

 

Once again, thanks in advance for your answers.

I am still trying to figure out why Luis Castillo is considered such a bad player whose contract is such an albatross.

His salary is $6 mil for another two years.  Sure, in this market that's inflated.  But Mark DeRosa just signed a 2 year deal worth $12 mil, similar to Castillo's.

Luis Castillo 2009:

BA HR RBI OBP SLG
.302 1 40 .387 .346

 

Mark DeRosa 2009:

BA HR RBI OBP SLG
.250 23 78 .319 .433

 

He seems like an ideal leadoff hitter with speed (don't know how fast he is now, but I do remember that was his big MO in the day) and high OBP.  DeRosa certainly has more power, but Castillo makes up for that in increased OBP.

Clearly, my logic must be faulty in some way since everyone here seems to dog on him, and his contract is considered to be terrible.  However, before he got hurt last year he was a big part of the Mets' success.  Granted, I haven't been watching him play nor do I follow the hated Mets.  That said, I am wondering why he is considered such a poor player.

Personally, based on numbers alone, he seems to be a better deal than Fukudome.

Thanks again for your insight.

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