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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  1. Rick Garcia 4 years ago

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

    • Infield Fly 4 years 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.

    • 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

  2. Crazy Eddie 4 years ago

    Now watch him sign in Philly and rejuvenate his career.

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

      • Bender44 4 years ago

        And Valdez.

        • 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.

          • 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 ago

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

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

          • juice587 4 years 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 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.

  3. johnsilver 4 years 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. He will be a Philadelphia Phillie by next Friday.

    • 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.

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

        • nm344 4 years 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 ago

          Is this a serious statement?

    • nm344 4 years ago


  5. the end of days for LOS METS!!

  6. oleosmirf 4 years ago

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

  7. Ray R 4 years ago

    What took so long? I guess Ollie is next.

  8. 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.

  9. BlueCatuli 4 years 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 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.

  10. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

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

  11. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 4 years ago

    Whew! Now all of the Mets problems are solved!

  12. formerdraftpick 4 years 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.

  13. Blue387 4 years ago

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

  14. ARod's Ring 4 years 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.”

  15. 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.

  16. ARod's Ring 4 years ago

    he has his chance… & he dropped it. LOL

  17. Martin M. 4 years ago


  18. top_prospect_aw 4 years 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 ago

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

    • eDaPS 4 years ago

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

  19. he signs with ….

  20. Too bad A-Rod will actually have to get a hit this time.

  21. MetsEventually 4 years ago


  22. milton bradley + jeff francoeur + luis castillo

  23. trouble makers is a bad word lowsy teamateare the words i was searching for

    • MetsFanXXIII 4 years ago

      The words you were searching for don’t even exist. Oh, and Francoeur was always hailed as a great clubhouse guy, one of the few things he was consistent at.

  24. maybe the orioles could pick him up. with roberts and his injured back this would make sense to have some depth in the infield

  25. metfan31 4 years ago

    im a little confused how this move was made before ollie.. but then again, the mets like to screw with me.

    • MetsFanXXIII 4 years ago

      Ollie’s making twice as much. Other than that, there’s no valid reason.

  26. AtomicAmish 4 years ago

    Wait a minute: guys still play major league baseball at 35?

    Who knew?

  27. icedrake523 4 years ago

    Great news! Now I can get a Castillo jersey on clearance.

  28. ACra 4 years ago

    The only thing that would make this more rich is if the Phillies claimed him. How I would love to see Slapstillo in Philly red.

  29. bigmel 4 years ago

    Hey Castillo…….don’t let the door hit you in the a@@ on the way out!

    • xhausted_grad 4 years ago





  30. Steve_in_MA 4 years ago

    All I can say is that I like the Mets’ style. I wish more teams would demonstrate the courage to cut off their dead wood in sudden and painful fashion. Yeah, the Mets certainly have others as deserving or more deserving. But so do lots of teams. The cleansing thing about outright releases is that you admit your mistake, agree to pay for it and move on immediately. There’s less agony that way.

    • xhausted_grad 4 years ago

      that brings the tally to:

      people who like the Mets’ style = 1

      people who don’t like the Mets’ style = population of the Milky Way Galaxy

    • Just - MLB 4 years ago

      this was more of a PR move than a baseball move…

      the fact that TC and Sandy are even admitting that public opinion played a big factor says that even they were not really on board with this

  31. Wish the Giants would swallow their pride and do the same with Rowand.

  32. FamiliaTerritory 4 years ago

    BradPenny “Luis Castillo is a good player. I think the mets made a bad move.”

    link to

    Somebody needs to tell Brad that this isn’t 2003 anymore….or that it’s not April Fool’s Day yet.

  33. I hope the Mets put Murphy at second base…Sure, he might have some defensive growing pains at the position but at this point he is far and away the best offensive option the Mets will have at second base and the Mets should build on that. If the Mets offense can stay healthy this year I would expect them to put up some impressive numbers. The mets pitching is suspect as well as their bullpen, might as well stick with what you’re good at and it looks like for this team it will be on the offensive end.

  34. he was the best mets second baseman since Anderson Hernandez… what a shame.

  35. Slopeboy 4 years ago

    “People are saying it’s a race issue in NY”- Not true!!
    The race issue was brought up by a local writer in a column not fans or ‘people’ as you say. The writer, Andy Martino, working for the NY Daily News, was interviewed on a local radio show and stated that it was his opinion, not the words of Castillo or fans.When pressed by the host as to why he wrote the article, he hemmed and hawed, and danced around the subject. No one interviewed for the column ever stated anything of the sort.The article was written more for the purpose of bringing attention to the writer than anything else.

    While there has been a very small segment of Mets fans that did not like the ethnic make up of the club, this decision was a Baseball move, nothing more. Collins did not want Castillo from the very beginning, evidenced by the fact that Castillo played better than any of the other candidates, but earlier in the week, Collins stated that Luis Hernandez was looking as the winner for the 2B job and then cut Castillo.

  36. Just - MLB 4 years ago

    The race issue with the mets came up 3 months after Omar Minaya became GM.
    And that was Adam Rubin on an article written on February 25th, 2005.

    Minaya fires back at ‘racist’ perception of Mets
    Sunday, February 27th 2005, 1:14AM
    The issue was a hot-button item all year ( in 2005 )…Adam Rubin, Klapish and all the other race-baiting journalist basically were riling up the already impatient and angry NY Met fan base…

    Another article was written on it in January 2006 by Mike Lupica, ( who along with many liberal journalists ) was sick and tired of hearing about some latin dynasty…


    Sunday, January 29th 2006, 1:23AM

    Omar Minaya was terrific this week, doing his best, in a cool and understated and graceful way, to dismiss an issue about the racial makeup of his ballclub that should never have been an issue with his fans in the first place, at least not the reasonable ones.


    I dont have enough fingers & toes to count all the articles on latinos, race, mets from 2005-2010

    funny thing is…the rangers w./ john daniels and yankees with brian cashman had more or almost as many latinos on their WS squads as the mets did in 2005/2006…

    NOT ONE ARTICLE or story on that…

    moral of the story…

    a white boss who hires ANYONE its presumed he does it on merit.
    if a (insert group here ____) hires/signs someone of the same group…there is a hint of favoritism.

    it really is that simple.

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