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Olney: Mets might release Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez

Jan 9, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

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Apparently Mets GM Sandy Alderson was serious when he put second baseman Luis Castillo and left-hander Oliver Perez on notice in mid-December, saying “if they don’t earn their way on the team, they won’t be on the team.”

Buster Olney of ESPN.com wrote today in his Sunday notes column that the Mets have tried to trade Castillo all winter long and are now internally discussing the possibility of releasing him because no suitors have come forward.  Perez might also get the boot if he shows no signs of progress during spring training.

Castillo, 35, batted just .235 with a .337 on-base percentage and a putrid .267 slugging percentage in 299 plate appearances last season.  He did not homer and he collected just 17 RBI.

The Mets owe him $6 million this season in the final chapter of a four-year, $25 million agreement that was signed in mid-November of 2007.  They would obviously rather move at least part of that salary to another team via trade, but no major league club is going to be interested in adding an aging and unproductive middle infielder, however cheap.  Cutting ties, eating his salary and then moving on may be the best course of action.

  1. adenzeno - Jan 9, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    BRAVO!!!!!! on both- I admire Castillo as a person-he has never shied from the camera and in 09 he played as well as he is capable of playing, but he is no longer a viable ML second baseman

    • yankeesfanlen - Jan 9, 2011 at 12:48 PM

      I’ve admired Castillo since 6/12/09.

      • adenzeno - Jan 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM

        Because he dropped it, or he owned up to it and didn’t hide?

  2. phukyouk - Jan 9, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    NOT OLLIE! hes the staple of the Minya Era….

  3. BC - Jan 10, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Get them both out of my sight. Immediately. Please. Now. Mommy.

  4. wackywar - Jan 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    i didn’t like either of them 5 years ago when they were kinda good,now their both toast

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