If this isn't the top story line from spring training, then what is? Finally, after years of aggravation, the Mets parted ways with both Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez.
It's actually shocking that either of the two are gone, let alone both. The Mets decided to eat a combined $18 million and swallow their pride along with showing up Omar Minaya all rolled into one.
These original signings weren't Sandy Alderson's. At the same time, he's not the owner and may have been stuck with these two clowns. Fortunately, the Wilpons didn't hesitate releasing them and the Mets can finally move on.
Luis Castillo didn't make a great impression from the second he walked through the door in Port St. Lucie. He had a sour attitude and didn't like the fact he actually had to compete for the second base job.
Being that he was a veteran with plenty of experience, he felt he would be handed the starting job without having to prove anything. That didn't go over well with Alderson or new manager Terry Collins and led to his release.
Oliver Perez, meanwhile, had to have seen this day coming for a while now. The major loss in velocity over the past season or two and lack of spotting the strike zone made him a poor major league pitcher.
The Mets tried to see if he could be a valuable lefty specialist in the bullpen, but that wasn't going to work. All that was delaying the Mets dismissal of him was the decision to eat $12 million. They were wise and did so.
The weird thing is seeing both players getting signed to minor league contracts not even a week later by division rivals trying to tweak the Mets. Castillo was signed by the Phillies, and Perez was signed by the Nationals.
But one thing is for sure, neither of them are problems for the Mets anymore.