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Digest this: Eating deals a good sign

Parting with Perez, Castillo could mean Mets owners are letting Alderson do his job

Updated: March 23, 2011, 9:37 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

The news was so long overdue, it didn't feel newsy at all Monday when the New York Mets finally released pitcher Oliver Perez 48 hours after cutting fellow scapegoat Luis Castillo, eating the $18 million remaining on their bad contracts.

It's a staggering bit of money when you consider it equates to nearly two-thirds of the $25 million emergency loan the Mets got from Major League Baseball last year. But something the moves could signify has been far more overlooked -- and more interesting.

Could ...

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