Mets Release Luis Castillo

Unable to delay the inevitable any longer, the Mets have released Luis Castillo. The team has confirmed the move via press release.

“This was [a] baseball decision,” GM Sandy Alderson said. “I met with Terry [Collins] and made a recommendation to Jeff [Wilpon] and Jeff approved on behalf of ownership.”

Luis Hernandez, Daniel Murphy and Brad Emaus remain in competition for the Mets' second base job. Earlier in the week it appeared that manager Terry Collins preferred Hernandez, but there's no clear-cut favorite.

Castillo hit .235/.337/.267 in 299 plate appearances last year and spent 47 days on the DL recovering from a left foot injury. The 35-year-old is entering the final season of the four-year, $25MM deal he signed after the 2007 season. Castillo impressed after the Mets acquired him in a mid-2007 trade with the Twins, hitting .296 and stealing 10 bases in a third of a season. That strong finish led to a $25MM guarantee from then-GM Omar Minaya.

Now a free agent, Castillo is available for the league minimum. The Mets will be responsible for his entire $6MM salary if he remains a free agent and they'll save just over $400K if he signs elsewhere.


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72 Comments on "Mets Release Luis Castillo"


Rick Garcia
4 years 5 months ago

Guess he’s not the frontrunner for the starting job anymore

4 years 5 months ago

finally :)

Infield Fly
4 years 5 months ago

If they can release Castillo they can damn sure release Pérez…and yet there he is in the bullpen…

If anybody’s looking for me I’ll be buying up the entire Rolaids section at my local pharmacy.

4 years 5 months ago

i’m not defending luis castillo but why now? he’s having a decent spring. if anything i would say this is the pinacle of hope for luis castillo if there is one. it just seems like there was never a plan to keep him and it dragged on too long. if they were gonna keep him this long into spring they should at least give the guy a shot cause hes not doing half bad this spring

Crazy Eddie
4 years 5 months ago

Now watch him sign in Philly and rejuvenate his career.

4 years 5 months ago

Nope. They are going with Martinez or Barfield to take Utley’s spot to start the season.

Bender44
4 years 5 months ago

And Valdez.

4 years 5 months ago

Valdez will start at 2B. The issue who grabs the last roster spot between Barfield and Martinez. Martinez is starting today at 2B and Barfield is tomorrow.

4 years 5 months ago

Since all 2B candidates are available for the MLB minimum, why would the Phillies not make a run at Castillo? He could instantly become the leadoff hitter, which would allow them to move Rollins down in the order which may be better off given his free swinging style.
All else being equal on the money front, out of Valdez, Barfield, Martinez, and Castillo, I think Luis is clearly the closest to a “sure thing”, IF he’s healthy.

nm344
4 years 5 months ago

No thanks. We’ll take our chances with non-cancers who are actually trying to give an effort.

4 years 5 months ago

Dude had a .600 OPS last year. If you can’t find better, you are doing something wrong.

juice587
4 years 5 months ago

So wait, He’s not good enough to make the Mess but the Phillies should jump all over him? Huh? After watching him drop that pop up against the Yankees he should’ve been out of baseball that night.

Bender44
4 years 5 months ago

Right. Valdez was gonna be on the team regardless of Utley’s injury. But it seemed like you were saying the Phils were gonna trot out a tandem of Martinez and Barfield to start at second.

Though Valdez might be needed at 3rd and SS at points during the year.

johnsilver
4 years 5 months ago

Well.. Philly don’t wanna pay anyone to play 2b… here is someone they won’t have to pay and he ain’t much of a 2b anymore either…

4 years 5 months ago

He will be a Philadelphia Phillie by next Friday.

4 years 5 months ago

Why? He’s is supposedly a lousy clubhouse guy and nobody in the Phils’ FO (Looper, LaMar) has a real strong tie to him. Is Castillo better than a Martinez or Barfield? Probably but the difference is marginal at best.

4 years 5 months ago

Doesn’t hurt to have depth and a gold glove 2nd baseman.

nm344
4 years 5 months ago

Its not 2002 anymore. And there is enough replacement depth already between Valdez, Barfield and Martinez, all 3 of whom are having excellent springs

Cosmo3
4 years 5 months ago

Is this a serious statement?

nm344
4 years 5 months ago

incorrect.

4 years 5 months ago

Nope, looks like I was correct.

4 years 5 months ago

the end of days for LOS METS!!

tacko
4 years 5 months ago

Double negative?

gursk1989
4 years 5 months ago

AMEN!

oleosmirf
4 years 5 months ago

goodbye and good riddance. Ive never seen a more miserable looking player in all my years following sports…

Ray R
4 years 5 months ago

What took so long? I guess Ollie is next.

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

He should have been first!

4 years 5 months ago

Might be the high point for Mets’ fans this season in what is going to be a pretty boring and mediocre year although I am sure the ongoing saga will Beltran’s knees and Bay’s struggles will give the NY media something to write about.

BlueCatuli
4 years 5 months ago

What are the odds he is a Cub? I know Hendry has said the Cubs are confident in the second base personnel, but I’m not convinced. I see a lot of negativity about him, and as a Cubs’ fan I don’t necessarily want him, I’m just curious in other MLBTR readers opinions.

rayking
4 years 5 months ago

Both Blake Dewitt and Jeff Baker will give you more production than Castillo, in my opinion. Not that I’m convinced in those guys either, but they present a stronger case than Castillo. His time is done – he has not aged well at all and injuries have taken their toll.

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

Damn it!! I had a $100 bet going with a friend that Ollie would be released before Castillo.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 5 months ago

Whew! Now all of the Mets problems are solved!

formerdraftpick
4 years 5 months ago

Why wouldn’t the Phillies use Young, Barfield, or Orr at 2b? I think the Mets should have shaken him up and tried him out at SS, 3B and the OF to generate trade interest. The Marlins could use him and move Infante to 3B. His best bet is with the O’s with Roberts perpetually hurt.

Blue387
4 years 5 months ago

Hell, the Mariners should take a look at Castillo. It’s not like anyone would notice his performance.

ARod's Ring
4 years 5 months ago

Looks like Castillo is a delusional and bitter man
From Jim Baumbach’s Twitter:

Luis Castillo to Newsday on what he said in meeting: “I said I came here to play and you didn’t give me the chance. You didn’t use me.”

4 years 5 months ago

I don’t understand why Chin-Lung Hu was never in the competition for starting 2B. He has more offensive upside than Luis Hernandez and would be an elite defender. Seems like a better option than Hernandez at least if the Mets wanted to go with the strong defender over offensive production.

ARod's Ring
4 years 5 months ago

I agree! I don’t get it.

ARod's Ring
4 years 5 months ago

he has his chance… & he dropped it. LOL

4 years 5 months ago

“Here comes Teixeiraaa!!!!”

Martin M.
4 years 5 months ago

BYE BYE

top_prospect_aw
4 years 5 months ago

“I met with Terry” Interpretted to “I informed Terry”. No surprise that Sandy made this decision. Mets Fans: Be prepared for more of your GM making playing time and roster decisions while his manager is treated as a mere puppet.

top_prospect_aw
4 years 5 months ago

Meanwhile the manager he let walk out of his former organization, Bruce Bochy, is coming off a championship season

eDaPS
4 years 5 months ago

Uh….the GMs job IS to make roster decisions….

4 years 5 months ago

he signs with ….