Per Adam Rubin:
The Mets have released the minor leaguer [Alex Machillanda] who was arrested in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in July and charged with felony shoplifting. Machillanda, a catcher who turned 22 earlier this month, did not appear again with the GCL club after his arrest.
The Mets also released minor league left-hander Zach Dotson and second baseman Richie Rodriguez, according to Baseball America. Rodriguez was the Mets’ ninth-round pick in 2012. He hit .191 with Kingsport this season. Dotson was a 13th-round pick in 2009.
Machillanda was accused of stealing clothes and then getting into an altercation with a store officer before running from the police. Look, it’s a tough life for minor league baseball players — and that’s no joke. I hope everything works out for this trio of young men.