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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: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:29 pm

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

OK, the guy is old, in his day he batted for an average, never had any power, field wise never anything to brag about so what in the blue world of baseball gave the Mets the idea four years ago he was worth $6mil per year?  The Phils did right, their player was hurt, this idiot cost them nothing, they tried him out, he failed, he's gone, they loose nothing.  He should never step on a MLB field again, but you know someone will give him a chance because the Mets will pay his bill.  It's a TOTAL shame that in cases like these contracts can not be voided by the team.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:15 pm

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

He'll find a club. There are teams that are disillusioned that they really have a shot at winning a playoff spot. That and someone will be injured enough that he'll platoon, if not play out until a return happens. I think the Phillies actually are thinking Utley may recover sooner ? It's an injury that can be overcome. By the end of the first month there will be suitors ready to pick up his league minimum.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:01 pm

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

Castillo hit 273 and got cut from a team that has a second baseman with a serious and probably long term injury.  It's not like 273 is a bad batting average.  So that tells you Castillo must have been a royal pain in the butt.  Now two teams cut him this year.  It says a lot about the guy.

Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:59 pm

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

He had a decent average but no power and no range doomed him. Emaus is a much better upgrade over Castillo.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:58 pm

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

Everything I read leaned toward Brad Emaus being the better performer at 2B vs Luis Castillo at Mets camp.  He is 25 and hit 15homeruns last year between AA and AAA, mostly with AAA, decent batting average.  He's hungry, so IMO Mets MUCH better off leaving Castillo and his weighty contract go.  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.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:40 pm

Castillo released, this time by Phillies

I saw him play in Spring Training and this guy is done.  His range is not there and his bat is nothing.  Releasing him was the right decision.  Martinez and Valdez are better options at second base until Utley comes back (if he comes back.)  I am glad to see that the Phillies decided to let Castillo go.  Afterall, the Mets cut him and several scouts have said that he was the best second baseman they had in camp.  That has to tell you an awful lot.

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