Ex-MLB player and former New York Mets second baseman Luis Castillo was arrested on drug trafficking charges.
On Tuesday, the attorney general of the Dominican Republic, Jean Alain Rodriguez, announced that multiple ex-MLB players were arrested on drug trafficking charges. Arrests include former New York Mets second baseman Luis Castillo and right-handed pitcher Octavio Dotel.
Castillo played for the Mets from 2007-10. He’s a three-time All-Star, having made the Midsummer Classic in 2002, 2003, and 2005. Each All-Star selection was during his 10-year tenure with the Florida Marlins.
Castillo also played 85 games for the Minnesota Twins in 2007 prior to being traded to New York.
His best season with the Mets was in 2009 when he posted a slash line of .302/.387/.346 through 142 games. He additionally had 40 RBIs that year.
Dotel, on the other hand, spent time with numerous organizations throughout his 15-year career in the major leagues. He appeared in 19 games (14 starts) with the Mets in 1999. He posted a record of 8-3 that year with a 5.38 ERA.
More information on the arrests should be made clear and publicized in the coming days. It’s unclear at this time what kind of sentences will be handed to them, but it shouldn’t be light by any means.
Castillo is most known for his bottom of the ninth blunder in June of 2009. In a game against the New York Yankees in which the Mets had the lead, Alex Rodriguez popped up a two-out hit. If Castillo caught the ball, it would’ve sealed the Mets win. However, Castillo dropped the pop-up, leading to two runs scoring and the Yankees winning the ball game.