Cubs expected to pass on Castillo

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Despite their uncertainty at second base and the fact they had some interest in Luis Castillo a couple of winters ago, the Cubs don’t appear likely to go after the former Mets second baseman even if he clears waivers Sunday.

“I haven’t seen enough of him to know what he’s got left,” manager Mike Quade said. “I’ve been thrilled to death with [Darwin] Barney and [Jeff Baker], and I believe that [Blake DeWitt’s] work ethic will get him through what’s been a tough string for him and that he still is going to be a valuable guy.”

The Cubs had not discussed the possibility as of this afternoon, suggesting team evaluators don’t consider him an upgrade over in-house personnel.

“I don’t even know how well he runs now,” Quade said. “When you’re slapping it around like he does, it’s good to have some legs to go with it. And his arm was never fantastic, so I don’ t know. …”

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