Luis Castillo Close To Joining Phillies

Former Mets second baseman Luis Castillo is close to joining the Phillies, a source told ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. Castillo was scheduled to clear waivers at 1pm ET today, and Philadelphia will only have to pay him the league minimum.

The Phillies have a bit of a question mark at second base right now given Chase Utley's knee injury, and Castillo would give them a veteran stopgap. Although he hit just .235/.337/.267 in 299 plate appearances last season, Castillo is only a year removed from a .387 OBP. The Mets are on the hook for the 35-year-old's $6MM salary, less whatever Philadelphia pays him.

More than 2,500 MLBTR readers predicted that Castillo would join the Phillies.

This post was originally published on March 20th, 2011.

60 Responses to Luis Castillo Close To Joining Phillies Leave a Reply

  1. CitizenSnips 4 years ago

    Aaaahahahahaha. Now they’re gonna have two 2B with shot knees.

  2. No more MY threads? I can drink to that.

  3. As Dave Cameron pointed out, he’ll probably be around a +1 win player. Even if he provides equal value to Wilson Valdez, it’ll allow for Valdez to provide depth as a utility player. Even though Young and Barfield have had good springs, they haven’t provided the value over the last couple years that Castillo has had (albeit marginal.) Plus, if/when Utley comes back later this year, they can just release him, no big deal.

    • As someone who had the misfortune of watching Castillo last year, I can tell you he’s done. Absolutely NO power (SLG% under .300), and terrible defense. Not to mention the fact that he’s treated like a pitcher now in terms of outfield positioning.

      If Castillo is forced into a significant amount of action, the Phillies are in serious trouble.

      • No offense, but when someone who uses “trust me, i watched him play” as their main piece of evidence to backup their conclusion, I take it with a huge mine of salt.

        • Okay then:

          He had a .267 slugging percentage last year
          He had 6 extra base hits in 247 ABs
          He had a career high in GB%

          And despite his positive defensive rating from last year, his defense is definitely below average at this point.

          His only asset at this point is his plate discipline, which is kind of negated by the fact that pitchers aren’t afraid to throw him strikes.

          • I wasn’t defending Luis Castillo nor asserting the fact that he is a good player. I’m just saying from a relative standpoint, he is a better alternative to take the 25th bench spot than Josh Barfield or Delwyn Young. Castillo’s BABIP was below normal last year, so he should bounce back to around 1 win. A 1 win temporary stopgap second baseman is not the worst thing in the world, especially when he is basically free. Young has never had a 1.0 WAR season in his entire career, and Barfield hasn’t had one since 2006.

            tl;dr Castillo isn’t a good player, but he’s better than any in-house alternatives the Phillies have to take Utley’s roster spot for the time being.

          • nm344 4 years ago

            Valdez is better. At this point I value his defense more than the slight OBP advantage Castillo brings.

          • Valdez is a moot point. He has a roster spot. That isn’t changing with Castillo or Utley there.

          • MetsFanXXIII 4 years ago

            You’re assuming his defense stays right about where it was last year, which might be a stretch considering where it was the previous two years.

          • Ok, so at worst, he has equal value to Barfield/Young. So therefore, you still paying the same amount of money for the same amount of production. It just doesn’t make any sense to be so adamantly against it.

      • He’s never had power.

  4. Wow, he may hit 2 homers with that ballpark lol

    • Slopeboy 4 years ago

      It would be the Mets’ luck that he would hit the first one off R.A. Dickey

  5. piro18 4 years ago

    Im a Phillies fan and this suck. Dude is washed up.

  6. Im a Braves fan and this is great. Dude is washed up

  7. ultimate913 4 years ago

    Im a Yankees fan and this doesnt affect me. Dude is washed up

    • Slopeboy 4 years ago

      How ungrateful can you be? He has given all Yankees fans one of the most memorable victories in recent years. All Yankees fans should flock over to Citi Field when Philadelphia comes in and give Louie a standing O.

  8. YaGottaBelieve11 4 years ago

    I’m a Mets fan and this is beyond great. Dude can be washed up for the phillies

  9. I’m a Braves fan and I love this news!!!

    • nm344 4 years ago

      two words: Brooks Conrad.

      • LioneeR 4 years ago

        The guy who MIGHT make the team and even if he does, he won’t be thrust into major playing time like last year?

        What does he have to do with anything?

        • nm344 4 years ago

          He’s the Braves backup, just like Castillo will be. Valdez isnt going anywhere.

          • NL_East_Rivalry 4 years ago

            Sorry, Conrad can still PH. Guy can hit HR’s and is a SHer.

  10. kevykev8 4 years ago

    I’m a Mets fan and this is great. Dude is washed up. Hey Phils, we got another pile o’ crap comin’ your way tomorrow. Puleeeeeese, sign Ollie too!

  11. HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

    I’m a washed up fan that is washed up myself and this guy is washed up.

  12. garettf 4 years ago

    If he sucks, they cut him, the Mets are paying him anyway. Its a no lose situation.

    • YaGottaBelieve11 4 years ago

      What about the games the phillies lose because they have a stationary object covering second base and someone with the hitting skills of a 12 year old in their lineup not producing anything? Sorry, but those couple games could cost you the division.

      Yes – your rotation is great.. But your lineup is aging, and the braves are not that far behind.

  13. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    i’m not sure why mets fans think things are suddenly going to work out in their favor. castillo clearly knows the law of the universe that if something can go worse for the mets, it will – and he’s playing his cards accordingly here

    fate will find a way for him to hit .290/.370/.400 with plus defense for the phils in 2011, Angels in the Outfield style

  14. People laughed at Wilson Valdez being a scrub last year and he had a nice season for the Phils. They also laughed when we signed a “washed up” Matt Stairs and he hit one of biggest home runs in our postseason history. Last year we signed a “washed up” Mike Sweeney and he contributed filling in for Ryan Howard. Castillo doesn’t need to be a hero, if he hits .270 or so and advances runners with sac bunts etc.,, that is fine. With the 4 aces our offense just needs guys to fill roles and do the little things. He can rejuvenate his career entering into our locker room surrounded by winning serious veteran players. If he sucks and hits .200 the 1st month, then we cut him and it cost us what 300K? No risk there.

    • jarg8 4 years ago

      couldn’t agree more, there’s no risk in this signing, just don’t let him play infield in the 9th inning :p

    • greggofboken 4 years ago

      Among the little things that Luis will do will be to slowly suck the air out of any rally you may have going with a three-hopper to short. He will not kill you with making errors, because he won’t be able to get to the balls in the first place. This is perfect! He follows in the footsteps of Nelson Figueroa and Brian Schneider. So much for Phillie pride. Turnabout for Chris Coste.

      • Nelson Figueroa and Brian Schneider did a solid job for us last year. Figueroa was only released because Lidge & Madson came back from the DL, not because of his performance.

  15. icedrake523 4 years ago

    They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. But sometimes one man’s trash is still just one man’s trash.

    He’ll be released by May.

  16. nm344 4 years ago

    Pat Burrell was washed up last year too..

  17. nm344 4 years ago

    Probably when Utley comes back.

  18. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    With the Mets luck, he is gonna win the batting crown this year.

  19. I wonder how many posters of Omar Minaya and Jerry “The Sage” Manuel Ruben Amaro Jr has up in his mom’s basement?

  20. Haha Great move for the Phillies, they are getting a true All Star sike
    Nice to see him suck for the Phils for a change now
    Lets go METS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. JST1331 4 years ago

    Why does everyone bash this deal so much. No risk high reward. He does good, great its a win win situation we keep him on the bench when Utley comes back. He sucks we cut him and lose 400k.

  22. gorillawaffle 4 years ago

    No reason to knock this deal. The guy is free.

    • SRT 4 years ago

      Not quite free. Almost though.

      Still isn’t worth it.

  23. Dylan 4 years ago

    Id rather have Barfield or Valdez out there…but depth is always good, I guess…

    • Valdez will start ahead of Castillo because his defense is WAY better. Castillo is just there in case Rollins or Polanco get injured and Valdez has to slide over to SS or 3B.

  24. Bender44 4 years ago

    I’d say if giving 100 or so AB’s to Luis Castillo in April and May makes or breaks the Phillies season, then they have much larger concerns on their hands.

  25. PhilliesPhan1975 4 years ago

    Ug, this sucks. Valdez is the answer…or Barfield…not sign some guy my age well past his prime. We have too many guys past their prime already…I am all about keeping Valdez or Barfield to see if they could be up and coming starters. IF Valdez can improve the hitting he would be a perfect replacement for Utley while he recoveres.

  26. MetsFanXXIII 4 years ago

    The park will have no effect on his game whatsoever. He rarely hits anything far past the infield.

  27. gorillawaffle 4 years ago

    They should work on releasing everyone.

  28. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    dude would be a doubles machine in little league

  29. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    mets poised to preemptively release 13th and 42nd overall 2011 draft picks. an unusually brief press release from the team stated: “more players on the payroll? cut the crap”

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