Luis Castillo has been cut by the Mets, Castillo told Newsday.
The Mets confirmed the Castillo news, and general manager Sandy Alderson is expected to address the media shortly. Castillo is owed $6 million this season in the last of a four-year, $25 million deal put together by former GM Omar Minaya.
"I'm going to wait, go home and hope to catch on with another team," Castillo told Newsday. “I’m fine, man. I’ve done a lot of things in baseball.”
Castillo originally was in the lineup for Friday's game against the Braves and appeared to have survived the round of morning cuts. But while players took batting practice, Castillo was pulled into a closed-door meeting with general manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins and handed his walking papers.
While walking away from the stadium in a dark shirt and jeans, Castillo told Newsday it was a tough day for him because he's never been cut before. He also said he wishes he was given more of a chance by Collins this spring training.
"I said I came here to play, and you didn’t give me the chance," Castillo said he told Collins and Alderson. "You didn’t use me.”
Castillo said he felt healthy and that he didn't think he could have done anything differently to stick around with the Mets.
“Sometimes these things happen and that’s what it is," Castillo said. "But you never know what’s going to happen. Maybe I’ll end up with another team and do good.”
Oliver Perez appears to still be safe. Perez, due $12 million this season, is supposed to pitch in relief Friday and Saturday as he continues his "tryout" to be a lefthanded specialist. It's still unlikely he will make the Mets' Opening Day roster.
Dillon Gee, Boof Bonser, Ryota Igarashi, Taylor Tankersley, Dusty Ryan, Raul Chavez, Russ Adams and Jason Pridie were sent to minor-league camp.
The Mets have 37 players remaining in camp, meaning they'll have to trim a dozen more players prior to Opening Day in two weeks.