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Mets release Oliver Perez

Updated: March 23, 2011, 9:36 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Three days after the New York Mets informed second baseman Luis Castillo he was being released, left-hander Oliver Perez experienced the same fate Monday.

Team officials informed Perez he was being let go despite being owed $12 million in the final year of his contract. The Mets had begun the weekend already having absorbed Castillo's $6 million as the purge of bloated contracts from Omar Minaya's era as general manager continued.

"When they told me, ...

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