"I can't be here anymore," the second baseman said prior to last night's game against the Phillies at Citi Field. "I know I'm not going to be here next year."
While GM Omar Minaya declined to comment on Castillo's desire to be moved, a team source said that he has not asked the club for a trade. However, the Mets are aware of his desire to play every day. The veteran was taken out of the starting lineup in favor of rookie infielder Ruben Tejada.
Castillo, 34, is set to earn $6MM in 2011, the final year of his contract. The three-time All-Star has struggled this season, hitting .241/.335/.281 in just 62 games.