Castillo: Mets’ Collins ‘Wouldn’t Give Me A Chance’

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Luis Castillo finally reported to Philadelphia Phillies’ spring training camp Tuesday, four days after the second baseman was released by the Mets.

Castillo sounded bitter about his divorce from New York, saying Mets manager Terry Collins “wouldn’t give me a chance to play.”

“It didn’t work out. I told him if he didn’t give me the chance to play, I don’t know if I have to be on the team,” Castillo told reporters. “He decided to release me and wouldn’t give me the opportunity, and I’m here.”

Castillo blamed his late arrival on miscommunication between the Phillies and his agents. Phillies manager Charlie Manager actually had the second baseman in Tuesday’s lineup, assuming he would arrive before game time.

“If it was me, I’d have been here two days ago,” Manuel said. “But it’s not me. I ain’t upset about it all.”

The three-time All-Star hit .235 last year and sat much of the second half after returning from a heel injury, falling out of favor with the Mets’ staff. He was in a competition with four others for the second base job this spring with New York.

“It’s hard, man. It’s New York. You know how New York is. I had a lot of moments in New York,” Castillo said. “I don’t want to think about the fans and media and all this stuff. I want to focus on baseball and show people I can still play.”

The 35-year-old Castillo signed a minor league deal with the Phillies on Monday and he could earn regular playing time with Chase Utley out because of a right knee injury.

“Anybody would be excited to play for the Phillies,” he said. “I feel like I’m starting to play baseball again, like I’m a rookie guy. I know a lot of stuff is coming out. I’m trying to forget the past.”

Castillo was let go by the Mets despite being owed $6 million in the final year of a four-year deal. If he makes the team, the Phillies would only be responsible for $414,000, the major league minimum.

“It bothers me a little bit, but that’s the chance I have here,” said Castillo. “I have an opportunity to show I can still play.”

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said bringing in Castillo amounts to a week-long tryout before the seasons begins on April 1.

“He’s not going to go to the minor leagues,” Amaro said Monday. “He’s either going to make our club or be released.”

Does Castillo have a right to be bitter? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • TITLE DROUGHTS - Team Last title

    Cubs 1908 , Indians 1948 , Rangers None (1961), Astros None (1962)
    Brewers None (1969) , Nationals None (1969) , Padres None (1969)
    Mariners None (1977) , Pirates 1979 , Orioles 1983 , Tigers 1984 ,Royals 1985
    NEW YORK METS 1986, Dodgers 1988 , Athletics 1989 ,

    Thank God I’m not a fan of any of these teams, other than the Dodgers & A’s, not a good group to be in.

  • Jonny Quest

    Beisbol been berry berry good to Luis

  • Mike in Chicago

    Although his stats didn’t show it, he was one of the players who actually really tried and gave what he had on the field. I always liked him, but, no production, no position

    Moving forward……..

  • david wright

    the mutss still paid hm the cheese that he will put in the bank and doesnt have to paly a inning. ya aint making it in filthydelphia either. go back when you came from

    • Luis Castillo

      DAVID WRONG, don’t know where you came from, but you need to get your A$$ back to school and learn to spell correctly & brush up on your grammar, your writing in the English language SUCKS. And you call yourself an American.

  • Paul K

    Hopefully the “Castillo Curse” continues in Philly. Let’s Go Mets!

    • Johnny B. Bad

      hey Paul K, you’re not to smart are you. Castillo has a WS rings as a staring 2nd baseman with the Marlins, something Wright & Reyes do not have & never will get. The curse is really the Mets. The Mets haven’t won in 25 yrs.

      Do the names Bonilla, Viola, Alomar, Baerga, Martinez, Gladvine, Santana, Wagner, Saberhagen, just to name a few, all had great careers until they signed with the Mets. Santana was a sure Hall of Famer, look what’s happened to him since joinng the Mets. Any player that signs or joins the Mets their career goes down the toilet, just look at Bay.

      • JOHNNY B. DUMB


      • Johnny B. BADASS

        what’s there to predict you moron,the Mets future has already been written. The Mets have not won in 25 yrs, you really think they can win with no pitching and no bullpen & with Reyes & Wright, who by the way have been with the Mets for over 9 yrs and have yet to win.

        The truth has been said and you’re upset because it hurts, you poor baby. Good luck thinking they’re going to win anytime soon. Only Mets fans would think the Mets are a great team even when its known they’re not. . LOL, LOL Misery loves company.

  • Harry Farhtz

    good riddance….

  • blic

    “If it was me, I’d have been here two days ago,” Manuel said. “But it’s not me. I ain’t upset about it all.”

    nuff said, see ya luis!

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