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Meet the New Guys: Castillo, Diaz, Jansen

Mets starting 2B Luis Castillo was picked up as he’s now off the DL, and he was released by Cover Zero last week. Castillo has never been a favorite of the AaRr front office, but we’re in need of average and steals, and he should be able to provide something in that regard. Luis Castillo was 2-for-4 with a run scored in his return from the disabled list against the Diamondbacks on Monday night. Castillo also seemed to be moving around pretty well — for him, anyway — so it looks like the problems with his feet are behind him. While the veteran second baseman is a marked improvement over either Alex Cora or Ruben Tejada, he still isn’t a particularly desirable option, even in NL-only leagues. (Rotoworld)

Matt Diaz re-joins the 2010 Roadrunners. He had been released back on May 18th due to a terrible slump and subsequent thumb injury. He’s been raking (as usual) against lefties since his return at the All-Star Break. He’s the first player to re-join the 2010 squad that had previously been cut. Matt Diaz finished 3-for-5 on Tuesday night with a pair of doubles, one of which drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th as Atlanta topped Philadelphia 4-3. (Rotoworld)

Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen is a fireballer that was promoted from AA Chattanooga. “We’ve talked about him — I really liked his personality in the spring,” said Dodgers manager Joe Torre . “I think at some point this year you’ll probably see him. I may be talking out of school there, but we’ve talked enough about him that I think by September, if not before.” Jansen, a former catcher, has a 1.32 ERA in 29 relief appearances between High-A Inland Empire and Double-A Chattanooga this season. The 22-year-old right-hander has averaged 14.9 K/9 over 41 innings. (Rotoworld)