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How real is the Mets’ reported interest in free agent Cuban shortstop Roberto Carlos?

The Boston Red Sox are working hard to sign free agent Cuban outfielder/second baseman Rusney Castillo, with the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners also reportedly in the mix.

The Mets have never been seriously linked to Castillo, though they did scout him. He’s expected to get a multi-year contract in the $50-$60 million range, and that almost certainly keeps Castillo from fitting in the Mets’ budget.

If-you-believe-it-they-beliGeneral manager Sandy Alderson was understandably vague in his explanation of the Mets’ lack of interest in Castillo, though he told New York Post reporter Mike Puma that money was not a factor.

“I think it’s a matter of there might be some scouting differences of opinion, and kind of where we are and what we’re going to do in the immediate future, so there are lots of issues involved,” Alderson said.

In other words, we’re being asked to believe that a 27-year-old player is of interest to potential playoff teams and teams with playoff aspirations in 2015, but the Mets are staying away for some reason other than money.


Meanwhile, the Post reports that the Mets are looking at another Cuban player. Shortstop Roberto Carlos, 28, left the Cuban National Team at the end of 2012 and may have “slipped through the baseball cracks” because he didn’t get an agent after leaving Cuba, according to the paper.

I wonder: is this another case of Alderson “window shopping” to distract us, or are the Mets really hoping to sign Carlos cheaply to a low-risk deal?

If Carlos turns out to be a solid major league shortstop, that would solve one big lineup problem that’s been present since Jose Reyes‘ departure.

And if Carlos makes people think of Rey Ordonez‘s last years in New York fondly, Alderson would have new ammunition to respond when asked why the Mets were avoiding future expensive Cuban free agents.

Or maybe I’m just being paranoid.

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Winning is fun

Wasn’t it fun to watch the New York Mets beat up on A.J. Burnett and the Philadelphia Phillies Monday night?

Bartolo Colon continues to laugh at Father Time, Travis d’Arnaud had a three extra-base hit game and Juan Lagares showed signs of rediscovering his lost hitting stroke.

But before you get caught up in fake pennant race fever, keep in mind that the Mets are still four games under the .500 mark at 51-55. They’re in fourth place in the NL East, one game behind the Miami Marlins, seven games behind the Atlanta Braves and 7.5 games behind the Washington Nationals. The Wild Card race isn’t much more realistic… the Mets are 6.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot, with four teams between them and the San Francisco Giants, who would currently make the playoffs with a 57-48 record.

If they Mets hadn’t waited until July to start playing well…. who knows? But let’s enjoy the winning while it lasts and hope that they are building towards something that will bear fruit in 2015.

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