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Mets claim infielder Diego Castillo off waivers from Diamondbacks

The vast majority of Castillo’s limited playing time in the big leagues came with the Pirates.

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The Mets have claimed infielder Diego Castillo, not to be confused with relief pitcher Diego Castillo, off waivers from the Diamondbacks.

A right-handed hitter, the 26-year-old got just one plate appearance in the big leagues in 2023. In 2022, however, Castillo made his major league debut and got a total of 283 plate appearances with the Pirates. He hit .206/.251/.382 with a 72 wRC+ along the way.

Having started his professional career in the Yankees’ organization out of Venezuela, Castillo was working his way up the minor league ranks when he was traded to the Pirates as part of the deal that sent Clay Holmes to The Bronx just before the 2021 trade deadline. Following the 2022 season, Pittsburgh traded him to Arizona.

Defensively, Castillo has played shortstop, second base, and right field for significant chunks of his brief major league career. He’s also made a handful of appearances at first and third base. Presumably he’ll be a candidate for a utility role on the Mets’ Opening Day roster.