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Luis Castillo to join Phillies

Posted on: March 20, 2011 7:59 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 10:25 pm
 

By Evan Brunell

CastilloLuis Castillo will join his third NL East club by agreeing to terms with the Phillies, as a baseball source informs Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

This comes as a mild surprise as the Phillies denied any interest in Castillo, but the fit was too logical. With Chase Utley out for an undetermined period of time, Wilson Valdez was slated to fill in.

However, that would have left the club without its primary backup infielder and Brian Bocock does not exactly set the world on fire. By signing Castillo, the Phillies don't necessarily have to turn to the veteran to start extensively, but now has someone who can fill in at second and free up Valdez to back up other positions. In addition, the club can go in a different direction (such as Josh Barfield) if necessary -- bringing in Castillo doesn't necessarily mean he'll make the team, although the odds are high he will.

Assuming Castillo makes the team, it's not yet clear how much Castillo will play, but he certainly wouldn't have joined the team just to sit exclusively on the bench, so bank on a platoon at the very least.

Castillo finished 2010 with a .235/.337/.267 line in 299 plate appearances, but did hit .302 the year prior. His legs may not be able to stand up to swiping 62 bags as he once did in 2000, but is still capable of cracking double digits without much difficulty if given regular playing time.

Castillo will sign for the major-league minimum as the Mets absorbed the entirety of his $6 million salary minus the league-minimum by releasing Castillo earlier in the week. New York is expected to follow Castillo's release up by jettisoning Oliver Perez on Monday.

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Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Luis Castillo to join Phillies

Gah, Great signing

No, not great signing, but a low risk, high reward one for the Phillies. It would be hard for me as a Braves fan to question the Phillies front office strategies, since they havent had a better record than the Phillies since 2005. Cool Why dont you worry about old man Larry and no hands Uggla for a change, instead of obsessing over every move the Phillies make GG?



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:29 am
 

Luis Castillo to join Phillies

What is Ruben doing?
This team looks like the Mets from 3 years ago
Make a real trade and bring in a real outfielder or infielder
This has to be the oldest team in the history of sports



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2011 10:14 pm
 

Luis Castillo to join Phillies

Yeah gg, where's Brooks Conrad when you need him?




Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: March 20, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Luis Castillo to join Phillies

Gah, Great Signing



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Luis Castillo to join Phillies

I don't expect Castillo will be starting much. He was going to be the full time starter if he signed back with the Marlins since they were going to move Infante to third base. He probably will start as long as Utley is injured then be moved to the bench as a fulltime pinch hitter and defensive replacement late in ball games as long as his hip holds up.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Luis Castillo to join Phillies

Castillo will sign for the major-league minimum as the absorbed the entirety of his $6 million salary minus the league-minimum by releasing Castillo earlier in the week.
So not only does Castillo get paid six million dollars to leave a .500-at-best Mets team, but he gets to join a Phillies team primed for another playoff run. Funny how things work out sometimes.

I'm not a big fan of Castillo but he'll be good to have with Chase down for god knows how long. At least we don't have to worry about him trying to crank home runs every at-bat.


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