This spring, he did not win the favor of the new regime. Before Castillo arrived, Terry Collins chided him publicly for not reaching camp early. Earlier this month, Collins scolded Castillo for not taking pregame ground balls when he was a designated hitter.
Castillo kept working. He lost 12 pounds during the offseason, begging his wife to feed him smaller portions, desperate to prove that “I can still play,” he said.
It was in vain. A player with his past had little place in the Mets’ future.