As I was driving into work today I listened to Rob Dibble and his sidekick "Stern on XM's The Show (Ch. 175) @ 5:32pm EST, jabbering on about baseball and economics. (It actually was a dang good discussion). As they were going to a break, Stern (perhaps) a Mets fan had just received a report from Buster Olney (ESPN) that the Mets were talking w/the Dodgers about a possible trade for Andruw Jones. Luckily for me, my swerving didn't kill anyone in the immediate vicinity or damage my hoopty!
After they came back from the break (I can just picture you guys frantically reading this) Stern reported that the Mets are 'apparently' looking to move Castillo for Jones. The reasoning? 1st, That the Mets would rather eat up the Jones contract for one year than eat the Castillo contract over a period of three. 2nd, this would free up the 2nd base position for Murphy and / or O. Hudson (if he were to be acquired).
Dibble and Stern stated that this is basically trading garbage for garbage. Well, my question is (and what the report asks), why would the Dodgers want Castillo? They're going to have to pay him lots of money "not to play" because they have DeWitt (purportedly mad upside) able to play that position. Do the Dodgers want to get rid of Jones that bad that they're willing to pay for someone (over three years) not to play? Anyone want to take this on? Story linked below: