The baseball side of Tucson tragedy

Updated: January 9, 2011, 1:19 PM ET
By Buster Olney

Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old daughter of a Dodgers scout -- a little girl born on Sept. 11, 2001 -- was among those killed in Saturday's shootings in Tucson, Ariz.

A prayer for the Greens, for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and for the other victims of Saturday's shootings and their families.

Some news just seems impossibly horrible and unbearable.

Moves, deals and decisions

1. Heard this: Among the possible moves that the Mets have discussed internally is simply releasing Luis Castillo, the second baseman they repeatedly have tried and failed to trade. Castillo is about to enter Year 4 of a four-year, $24 million deal, and he is owed $6 million for 2011. Castillo, 35, posted a .604 OPS in 2011, which ranked 291st among 305 players with at least 250 plate appearances in the majors last year. It would not be a surprise to anyone, either, if the Mets dumped Oliver Perez sometime before Opening Day.