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Less (or more) of Castillo?

King Luis for a night with his walk-off single to beat the Marlins, perhaps we haven't seen the last of Luis Castillo after all. 

With Jerry Manuel wanting to win every game he can in a last ditch effort to keep his job, perhaps Castillo gets another chance or two. Ruben Tejada, Castillo's understudy turned starter, is certainly no star. He shows a nice glove, but that does not  compensate for a .169 average. The Mets do not have enough hitting to hide a .169 average. Even pitcher R.A. Dickey is higher at . 171. 

There's also that matter of $6 million owed to Castillo next season. The Mets have little appetite for eating salaries.  Castillo is at .238 but has a lifetime average  of .291. On the way to being finished, he may have a few more hits for a team that does not consider itself out of playoff contention.  If Castillo has anything near a decent finish, they might be able to unload him or at least find someone willing to pay part of his 2011 salary. 

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