Phillies Release Luis Castillo

The Phillies released second baseman Luis Castillo, tweets Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.  It was a brief trial for Castillo, who was picked up nine days ago after the Mets released him on March 18th.  All along, the understanding was that Castillo would make the Phillies out of Spring Training or be released. 

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is dealing with chronic knee pain, and hasn't offered a timetable aside from saying he aims to be back before the All-Star break.  GM Ruben Amaro Jr. currently isn't thinking about putting Utley on the 60-day DL.  While he's out, the Phillies will apparently go with Wilson Valdez and some combination of Michael Martinez, Pete Orr, and Delwyn Young.  The Phillies opened a spot on the 40-man roster yesterday by outrighting Matt Rizzotti, which according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer means a spot is open for either Young or Mike Stutes (Twitter link).


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74 Comments on "Phillies Release Luis Castillo"


gocrazy
4 years 4 months ago

Well that was fast.

55saveslives
4 years 4 months ago

Frandsen starting??

4 years 4 months ago

Well, there goes the playoff hope of the Phillies this year.

chaseiam
4 years 4 months ago

Valdez take it from here!

Diehard Philsphan
4 years 4 months ago

I think (hope) this means utleys injury is healing and it won’t belong til he plays again

4 years 4 months ago

Harold Garcia!

Rick Garcia
4 years 4 months ago

Castillo should just retire

MB923
4 years 4 months ago

Maybe the Nationals get him lol. They picked up Perez, now how about Castillo!

wickedkevin
4 years 4 months ago

Does Julio Lugo have a team? His career should be a nice thing for Castillo to look at.

optionn
4 years 4 months ago

Isn’t Castillo the Met equivalent of Jeter? The only thing is that the fans love Jeter and the fans hated Castillo.

Certainly, both of them are old, slow with little power.

John McFadin
4 years 4 months ago

I’m not even a Jeter fan, but this statement is so ridiculous, I cried.

JaySchu
4 years 4 months ago

A bit hyperbolic, but I liked it 😀

inleylandwetrust
4 years 4 months ago

Cut your hair

MetsEventually
4 years 4 months ago

1000 interweb points

0vercast
4 years 4 months ago

That’s gotta be worth more than that.

4 years 4 months ago

Eh i’m a Met fan and there is no comparison. aside from them both being middle infielders. Also I hate Jeter for being overpaid, he still has ML value though, unlike Castillo.

Giorgi Almonte
4 years 4 months ago

dude, jeter is a carrer yankee, castillo just like 3 years a met…sonso!!

East Coast Bias
4 years 4 months ago

Yep, three things in common must mean that EVERYTHING is the same. Brilliant!

Gumby65
4 years 4 months ago

“Well, that was a complete waste of time”
-Kip Dynamite

Jason Klinger
4 years 4 months ago

Boom. Outta here.

Luis, we hardly knew ye.

Giorgi Almonte
4 years 4 months ago

thats to bad, i hope he to sign with another team hes a good palyer, u dont need to be smart to know that he has a couples good years left…

Jason Klinger
4 years 4 months ago

Actually, the smart folks can tell he’s shot. Sorry to burst the bubble.

Giorgi Almonte
4 years 4 months ago

u know who castillo is?

East Coast Bias
4 years 4 months ago

I agree?

rayking
4 years 4 months ago

And most of the dumb folks can tell too.

MetsEventually
4 years 4 months ago

lol

nm344
4 years 4 months ago

Lol at your Mets being another 400k deeper in the hole.

4 years 4 months ago

right, cause thats going to make such a huge difference…

nm344
4 years 4 months ago

could be a difference between signing a tough-sign draftee and losing him to college.

Gumby65
4 years 4 months ago

Mets should get in on this guy.

dickylarue
4 years 4 months ago

Castillo gets 6 million from the Mets this year, so don’t cry for him. He made 24 million off of those poor idiots because Omar thought Castillo was worth it.

If he couldn’t make the Phillies who are desperate to have someone decent 2b, it says all you need to know about who he is as a player at this point.

As for him being blamed for all the Mets recent failures, I think Oliver Perez, Omar, the Wilpons, Reyes, Beltran, etc. all get their fair share of blame.

That whole organization is a pock mark on baseball. Getting rid of Castillo, Oliver Perez is a big step in fixing the clubhouse. Once Reyes, Beltran and the Wilpons are gone, the team can start to rebuild itself again.

And for the record, the guy who did the most damage to clubhouse was Carlos Delgado. He’s a clubhouse cancer.

East Coast Bias
4 years 4 months ago

Reyes and Beltran were injured. They both tried to suit up and wanted to play. How are you lumping them with the likes of Ollie and Minaya?

And Delgado was never a “clubhouse cancer.”

ARod's Ring
4 years 4 months ago

.265/.361/.548 “Cancer” >>> “strong clubhouse presence” no production.

Intangibles = overblown myth.

monkeyspanked
4 years 4 months ago

Hey Jermaine Dye needs a golf partner…

Giorgi Almonte
4 years 4 months ago

lol maybe the mets sign him lol

yeyeye72
4 years 4 months ago

lol no lol…lol lol lol

SixAces
4 years 4 months ago

Valdez? Heh….

rayking
4 years 4 months ago

If he wanted to stick with the Phils, he probably shouldn’t have taken his sweet old time showing up to their camp. Great first impression.

chicothekid
4 years 4 months ago

Rotten Phillies, never even gave Castillo a chance.

oleosmirf
4 years 4 months ago

they did but he didnt show up the first day and made it late to the ballpark the next day and missed his ST game.

Now thats dedication…

Rawlsian
4 years 4 months ago

Apparently the phillies didn’t give him a chance either 😛