Friday, January 29, 2010

Wild Idea: How About Fausto Carmona for Luis Castillo?

Alright here's my wild idea for the week...

According to Ken Rosenthal on, the Indians are looking to clear salary in order to sign Orlando Hudson, who they feel would be an upgrade over current 2B Luis Valbuena. In the article Rosenthal pinpoints Carmona as a piece the Indians would need to move in order to that upgrade.

So here's my wild idea. Since Carmona will make $11 million over the next two years, and Luis Castillo makes $12 million over 2 as well, and both teams are looking to upgrade their respective positions, why not give it a whirl?

Castillo would be an interesting addition for Cleveland who does not currently have a true "lead-off" type hitter (Asdrubal Cabrera & Grady Sizemore being the closest). Castillo could step in and be a lead-off hitter with his overall lack of power, but high average (.302 last season) and good OBP (.387). Also, Castillo would offer a major OBP upgrade over Valbuena (.298), and would give the Indians a baserunner for Cabrera, Sizemore and Hafner to drive in.

Meanwhile, the Mets would get a high risk, high reward player in Fausto Carmona. Carmona is only 26 and is two years removed from a 32 start, 137 strike out, 3.02 ERA season. And worth the risk...

I think the Mets should take the risk if given the opportunity, and even throw some money in the deal to make Cleveland bite. And the best part about this idea, is the Mets get a potential top-of-the-rotation guy, should he get his head on straight, and simultaneously relieve themselves of the black cloud that has been hovering over Flushing the past three years, Luis Castillo.

So, how wild is this idea really? It has some sense to it...


  1. Not a bad idea and thinking outside of the box. The only loophole I can see with this scenerio is that the Indians have their mind set on Orlando Hudson and look to move Carmona to another team. However; if Castillo satisfys them as much as Hudson and they can trade Carmona as well, that's a 2 for 1 move on their part and would make sense.

  2. Wouldn't they be inclined not to do that because they would have 2 second baseman in the way of playing and getting Hudson. Also, who would the Mets play at 2nd because I don't know if I want Tatis starting at 2nd and I think Reese Havens is another year away.