Mets: Three current players we wish we returned on Boxing Day
By Tim Boyle
Miguel Castro is the toy we didn’t ask for
I’m not anti-Miguel Castro whatsoever. Unfortunately for him, if I want to get what I asked for, I need to return another gift. Otherwise, my toy chest is going to fill up and mommy will decide for me.
Castro didn’t do much for the Mets in 2020 after arriving. It was a very mediocre performance. This is what he has been throughout his career. In a sense, he’s not the gift I had on my list.
Yet another present given to us by Brodie Van Wagenen, the Mets had to give up prospect Kevin Smith to get him. I cannot tell you how excited I was to write about a guy named Kevin Smith for years. References to the director of the same name would have flowed ad nauseam to the point where you want to destroy your Mall Rats DVD.
Castro isn’t a bad gift. I guess the best comparison is that I would have preferred some cash or a better birthday present rather than get him at the 2020 trade deadline.
As the Mets continue to build up their bullpen for next season, I question how they will fit all of these arms into one relief corps. Things are getting full at the inn. Castro’s role doesn’t seem like it will be much more than pitching in blowouts.
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I do have some faith in a turnaround from Castro even if all he gives the club is one memorable win. Parting with him might have me second-guessing the decision. In my mind, I’ll imagine another young boy—or baseball team in this case—getting something they actually need.