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Castillo released, this time by Phillies

Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:18 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 2:00 pm
By Matt Snyder

Less than two weeks after being released by the Mets, Luis Castillo has been released by the Phillies. ( via Twitter)

Castillo, 35, is making more than $6 million this season, but the Mets are picking up all but the league minimum ($414,000) if someone else grabs the veteran second baseman.

He had been with the Mets since coming over in a trade deadline-deal from the Twins in 2007. The following offseason, Castillo inked a four-year deal with the Mets that is set to expire at the end of the 2011 season. His productivity declined to the point of being almost unusable last season -- a 68 OPS-plus and no range at second. At one point in time, Castillo was an All-Star caliber player -- making the All-Star team three times in four seasons and winning two Gold Gloves -- but he hasn't been that guy since 2005.

Since the Phillies grabbed Castillo March 21, he hit .273 with a .385 OBP in seven spring games. His slugging percentage was just .318, however, and the club obviously saw some deficiencies in his game.

If the Phillies would cut bait prior to the regular season on a guy who cost them virtually nothing, especially considering Chase Utley's not coming back anytime soon, it's worth wondering if Castillo ever gets on a major-league field again.

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Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:00 am

TomAngelBlaster - Good comment.

TomAngelBlaster, I could not agree with your anymore, Luis Castillo is a waste of life. Seriously, he is a total waste. I'm not even a Met fan and I can't stomach looking at his criminal, low-quality, grimy mug.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:21 am

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

luis castillo is a waste of space and oxygen.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:10 am

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

Only way I see Luis Castillo making it is if some team desparately needs a 2B...the Mets were willing to eat 6 million to let him go, so what does that tell you. The Phillies a couple of second basement, plus Chase Utley(whenever he returns). Castillo was worth a look, but that's about it. Nice to be able to collect 6 million and be retired...sounds like a good deal to me.

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:10 am

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

Castillo didn't have a chance to make the team from the moment he showed up a day late with the Phillies.  Charlie Manual said, "If it was me I probably would have been here."  Charlie never throws a player under the bus, any Phillie fan watching knew right then he could have bat 1000 with 100 home runs and wouldn't make the team.  Not to mention the Phils really Love Michael Martinez the rule 5 pick from the Nats, between him and Valdez that is two 2b and Utley comes back that makes 3, do the really need a 4th?  He never had a chance.  Someone may pick him up for 400,000 if only for the name recognition and gossip to stir some interest in a bad team, but otherwise it's see you later time for Castillo, enjoy retirement.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:21 pm

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

it's worth wondering if Castillo ever gets on a major-league field again.
No wondering. He's done. An aging punch-and-judy hitter, who can't move to his left and has a bad attitude is hardly in demand. Unless Omar pops up as a GM elsewhere, he's done playing baseball and we are all better off for it.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:19 pm

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

and the club obviously saw some deficiencies in his game.

Yeah, hitting, running, fielding and throwing.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:18 pm

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

Is there any doubt this guy is a waste? The Phillies who need a back-up let him go. Too funny. Luis Castillo is a malcontent. The guy had the temerity to miss a game when he's looking to get a job. That  says it all about this overpaid, underperforming slacker.

Luis doesn't have an iota of character. The guy showed up fat one year, refused to visit our injured troops saying he felt squeamish, then whined and sulked when he was benched. Collins couldn't wait to unload this cretin. Omar should be forced to relinquish his salary to pay for this bum and Perez. One of the biggest wastes in MLB history.

I hope Luis slinks away in the abyss of obscurity never to darken the sport again. I wonder if Andy Martino will claim the Phils and their fans are racist because of this. Too funny. Adios Luis and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:24 pm

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

Did he actually believe bring the same bad attitude to a winning ball club was going to get him the job. I guess he was wrong. He was a good player, maybe a little bit above average for his career. The only reason for this is because he hit for good average and had a decent on base %. For all the years I watched him. Even when he was playing well. It never looked like he was out there giving it his best. Somehow he was lead to believe that he was some great talent. The mets giving him the big contract wsa no help to his ego as well. He was lucky to have a job then, and will be lucky to have a job now. Luckily for him he is getting a lot of money to do nothing. 

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:06 pm

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

This is an obvious case of a player from humble background losing his motivation and ambition to maintain his level of performance long enough to be productive for a longer period of time.  He made a lot of money already.  He can live well on what he will make this season alone, without having to play at all.  Not all players are motivated to earn a mega-deal.  What else could he shoot for?  He wasn't ever going to get a multi-year deal for more than the $6 million he will get this year.  He lost his motivation to stay in shape, train, and stay sharp.  He was a good hitter for average for a reason.  He had talent and physical abilities.  He won gold gloves.  That doesn't happen without hard work and discipline.
He got the most he could get out of his body for as long as he could.  He made good money.  He had to show up to the Mets spring training to get paid.  And he had to show up to the Phillies camp to make he seem like he still wanted to play.  But, I don't think he really cared.  He's ready probably ready to retire, kick back, relax and enjoy the good like "back home."  Now he can eat whatever he wants, drink whatever he wants, be a couch potato and enjoy more time with family and friends.
The Mets gambled and lost.  They didn't think he would be content with the money and quit.  He could've worked for an even better contract down the road and made the 2007 contract look fair.  But he didn't.  Not all players want to be perennial All Stars.  Not all players want to play into their late 30's.  And not all players want to be consider Hall of Fame candidates.  It takes so much to get to the major leagues and so few have that extra motivation to go the extra "mile."  I see no fault in Castillo as a person for not being determined and disciplined to stay at his peak for longer because it is simply not as easy as a lot of us would seem to think.  I wish him the best.

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:02 pm

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

Had to be done, and from the looks, if Philadelphia is letting him go with Utley out indefinitely, Castillo is not playing in the majors again.
Stank069matis Luis Castillo is as close to done as a player is going to be. His range in the field, and his contact rate at the plate have been on the decline for a couple of years now. On top of that he offers zero in the way of power, so he could not go to an American League team and serve as a designated hitter. Outside of an injury to another team's second baseman, or a team signing him for "veteran leadership" for the stretch run of the season, I am inclined to also believe that he is done as well.

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