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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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