Castillo Gets Four and a Quarter

After hanging out in Big Apple for the last half of 2007, second baseman Luis Castillo has decided to stick around, reaching a preliminary agreement Sunday night on a $25 million, four-year contract with the New York Mets.

All he has to do is pass his physical and he's good to go. The lightning-fast, three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glover hit .296 with 10 stolen bags and 20 RBIs for the Mets, who acquired him from the Minnesota Twins at the end of July.

His sparkling defense up the middle shines alongside his quick-as-a-bunny infield partner, Jose Reyes. The double-play duo is nearly unmatched in the big leagues, save for the Philadelphia Phillies.

At 32 years old, Castillo's most memorable moment as a Met, though he hit .316 in the month of September, was most probably when he struck out for the final out of the season after the Mets' monumental collapse from a seven-game NL East lead.

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