Phillies Sign Luis Castillo

The Phillies officially signed Luis Castillo to a minor league deal, the team announced today.  He'd been released by the Mets on Friday.  The Mets are on the hook for the 35-year-old's $6MM salary, less the league minimum that Philadelphia will pay him.  Castillo will either make the team or be released, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters this morning.

The Phillies have a question mark at second base right now given Chase Utley's knee injury, and Castillo gives 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. More than 2,500 MLBTR readers predicted that Castillo would join the Phillies, and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was first to tweet the agreement.


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94 Comments on "Phillies Sign Luis Castillo"


notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

everyone gets a fresh start at funny. go!

4 years 5 months ago

Yet you continue to waste yours……

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

0-1 wait for your pitch

4 years 5 months ago

FAIL.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

more of a ryan church than a ryan howard then, eh friend?

4 years 5 months ago

Dude, you really try wayyyy too hard.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

Actually it sounds like your trying way too hard.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

bill james’ projection for your next comment is womp/womp/womp

TartanElk
4 years 5 months ago

Bill James’ projections for my next comment have no statistically relevant measuring system.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

wow. finished him

Shang Tsung’s soul sucking

TartanElk
4 years 5 months ago

Flawless Victory.

4 years 5 months ago

So the Phillies are an awesome team, no doubt about it and my Mets are terrible, probably going to finish last in the division….but when a Met hits a pop-up to Castillo, and he drops it, I’m going to die laughing.

vtadave
4 years 5 months ago

Good for you. Can you point me to a few games where he’s dropped popups?

4 years 5 months ago

IF they werent playing the Yanks, Im sure that whole fiasco would of been a lot different.

4 years 5 months ago

It’s a joke…I know the whole pop-up thing was overblown, geez.

sellitman
4 years 5 months ago

With our luck he will have a career year and we will be footing the bill.

4 years 5 months ago

Not unlike Wilson Valdez last season….

4 years 5 months ago

What the hell?

4 years 5 months ago

I’m not sure what you’re shocked about? I’m not someone saying Valdez was an MVP for the Phillies last year… but you can’t deny he had a career year…

Henry Sanchez
4 years 5 months ago

Phillies LOVE Met rejects lol

frank_costanza
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah except they play well for the Phillies, i.e. Wilson Valdez

4 years 5 months ago

Why do people keep saying Valdez played well? He was slightly above average defensively and provided a .256, .301, .356 line in place of Utley.

4 years 5 months ago

Yeah I would agree with you. I think he was good defensibly though; horrible offensive year despite his .250 average which is decent. He would have lead the league in GDP if he didn’t only play 88 games. I thought he played well though overall.

I’m happy with this signing, at the very least he gives you obp in the 8th spot which would allow the pitcher to bunt him into scoring position for Rollins/Victorino.

If he bombs, you cut him and it’s like he was never here.

frank_costanza
4 years 5 months ago

Numbers really do only tell half of the story. He really was the Phillies MVP last year.

Bender44
4 years 5 months ago

I’d say Chooch was the MVP for a better part of the year. Valdez had his moments though.

4 years 5 months ago

Wilson Valdez was the Phillies MVP last year? I think/hope you’re being sarcastic, but I can never tell on here.

Not Roy Halladay, NL Cy Young winner? Cole Hamels? Carlos Ruiz? Jayson Werth?

Wilson Valdez? I know numbers don’t tell the whole story, but come on. He gave the team replacement level offensive production in Utley’s absence.

But if you’re being sarcastic like I’m guessing, ignore all that.

hoagiebuchanan
4 years 5 months ago

After watching Wilson Valdez pick it for most of the year, no that isn’t sarcasm. He’s a slick fielder who more than makes up for his GDP’s playing gold-glove caliber defense anywhere in the infield.

4 years 5 months ago

Gold Glove caliber? What does that even mean? Nate McLouth has a Gold Glove. Jeter has like 427 of them.

But I can’t really speak on his defense. I don’t trust defensive metrics and it’s too small of a sample size anyway. He was certainly at least average.

guydavis
4 years 5 months ago

Hahahaha. Is this sarcasm? This has to be sarcasm, right?

Bender44
4 years 5 months ago

Because he was expected to be terrible and he exceeded that by being mediocre. Gotta look on the bright side of things. Glass half full.

tr2008
4 years 5 months ago

disagree there. he was well above average defensively. in fact, he was a better fielder than rollins when he was healthy and plays multiple positions….this is a bad move

4 years 5 months ago

Even though Valdez had a fairly weak line he was pretty darn clutch, something that is an absolute mystery to the Mets.

4 years 5 months ago

[never mind.]

Elliot
4 years 5 months ago

Lol Brian Shneider did amazing for the phillies last year very solid backup. I have faith Louis will do yh

MetsEventually
4 years 5 months ago

Castillo will find a way to beat the Mets, in a crucial game at Citi Field.

nepp
4 years 5 months ago

Shouldn’t be hard. Though hopefully the Phillies actually score some runs at Citi Field this year.

JaySchu
4 years 5 months ago

What crucial game?

MetsEventually
4 years 5 months ago

Well, I meant like that Eric Bruntlett play (BAH)

Stl_Great
4 years 5 months ago

The battle for last place, go Nats!

Jason Klinger
4 years 5 months ago

You’re assuming the Mets will play “crucial” games this year? Aw. Cute.

Redsox1324
4 years 5 months ago

The phillies aren’t the favorites to go to the series anymore…..

4 years 5 months ago

Because they signed a player to a minor league contract?

Redsox1324
4 years 5 months ago

Dude, I was being sarcastic.

4 years 5 months ago

They have 13/4 odds, best in the NL. Unless the Red Sawx are moving to the NL, bodog.com still likes their chances.

monkeyspanked
4 years 5 months ago

The “No Duh!” of the weekend.

frank_costanza
4 years 5 months ago

I guess it makes sense since its a very low risk deal, but I dont think it was necessary. At this point in all of their careers, Barfield/Valdez/Martinez are better players than Castillo.

dylanp5030
4 years 5 months ago

I agree.

dylanp5030
4 years 5 months ago

Can’t wait to watch him!….

….in Allentown

4 years 5 months ago

Go Pigs!

piro18
4 years 5 months ago

A minor league deal is nothing. Im guessing they take a look at him the rest of spring training and if he stinks it up he will be sent down.

Low-Risk, High reward

eDaPS
4 years 5 months ago

I definitely agree with the low-risk part. But…uh…..

piro18
4 years 5 months ago

haha ok, low risk, moderate reward

4 years 5 months ago

Low risk, low reward?

4 years 5 months ago

must we even use the word “reward”?

Redsox1324
4 years 5 months ago

How about low risk- it could be worse?

piro18
4 years 5 months ago

Well odds are it will be no reward but if he can somehow channel 2009, Id have to say that would be a decent reward.

Odds are he will start the season in AAA and if he does anything they would bring him up. I just dont see him starting the season on the 25 man roster.

4 years 5 months ago

Let’s face it, with Utley out the Phillies are gonna need guys who can get on base. Rollins and Victorino are slightly above-average(Rollins might not be anymore though) and at Castillo’s worst he’s a .335 OBP guy. Valdez is better defensively, but he can’t really get on base at a solid clip.

greggofboken
4 years 5 months ago

Enjoy the $414,000 lawn ornament. It goes well with the statuary that you have out in left.

Bender44
4 years 5 months ago

Statuary? A collection of statues?

How many Ibanez’s do they Phillies have out in left anyway?

JaySchu
4 years 5 months ago

Three.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

NOT ENOUGH AMIRITE

greggofboken
4 years 5 months ago

One too many.

4 years 5 months ago

Wrong met. I wanted David Wright.

dc21892
4 years 5 months ago

LOL.

3rdStrike
4 years 5 months ago

Brian Schneider, Wilson Valdez, Luis Castillo. Am I missing anymore former Mets that the Phillies signed immediately after they were let go in NY?

4 years 5 months ago

Reyes is as good as gone this year, coincidentally Rollins last year of his contract as well. So we might add another name to that list for 2012.

I do hope they sign Oliver Perez though.

4 years 5 months ago

I would be in favor of this. When he’s on, Reyes is the best leadoff hitter in the game. I just hate his celebrations but I feel like I would love them if he was in a Phillies uni.

Bender44
4 years 5 months ago

Figueroa

greggofboken
4 years 5 months ago

Nelson Figueroa. They were also in on Jeff Francoeur. (Cholly liked him, but Amaro wasn’t interested. Which is why Amaro is the one with more than one pair of shoes.) Be sure to check the team photo for new clubhouse manager, Charlie Samuels.

4 years 5 months ago

Actually, they were interested, Francoeur chose KC because he thought he would have more playing time.

SRT
4 years 5 months ago

Pedro, although not exactly immediately.

4 years 5 months ago

Last year when the Braves traded Yunel Escobar for Alex Gonzalez, Frank Wren said of Gonzalez ‘He’s a winner.’

Castillo has two rings, right? I really hope I get to hear those words from RAJ soon regarding Castillo. Hell, he might forget that he even signed him by tomorrow though.

greggofboken
4 years 5 months ago

Castillo has one ring. Just like Gollum. (Separated at birth)

4 years 5 months ago

Ahh, for some reason I thought he was with the Marlins during both of their championships.

Jason Klinger
4 years 5 months ago

I’d rather see Gollum at 2B than Castillo.

4 years 5 months ago

You go from Chase Utley to Louis Castillo? Life is good for a Mets fan

JaySchu
4 years 5 months ago

Not really. Amaro has proven to be as incompetent as Dayton Moore and Omar Minaya and yet we’re still not remotely close to catching the Phillies 😛 2-3 years though? The Phillies will be back in the basement where they belong.

4 years 5 months ago

to all philly fans lotsa luck with this mummy. you all deserve him.

alexchicago14
4 years 5 months ago

i feel like chicago just dodged a jim hendry bullet of a mistake…..i would like to thank the cubs for not perusing too much, and the phils for panicking about chase utley…..

nm344
4 years 5 months ago

if only jim hendry’s mistakes were minor league depth signings.

kirksquare
4 years 5 months ago

How is it that Castillo refused to platoon at second, but now signs a minor league contract? Whatever, Castillo is having a great Spring, but is defensive liability. Philly, you got a good back-up. Please do not slam my Mets on this bord too badly. PS Enjoy Reyes next year because of our Fraudulent Owners

yeyeye72
4 years 5 months ago

The difference is that he was unemployed when he signed that minor league contract…

Van Kapeghian
4 years 5 months ago

Well we Phils fans don’t have to worry about a visitation to Walter Reed to visit injured soldiers getting in the way of him taking extra BP.

4 years 5 months ago

Guess you don’t PHollow the PHillies advertising PHoibles…

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 5 months ago

He only did it the first time too…

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 5 months ago

PHail

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

ph that

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

Ha.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

Your the one that has his screen name as “I hate Mets Eventually” and your telling Tanner to get a life? Wow. Just Wow.

Mercenary480
4 years 5 months ago

And when he tries to drag bunt with 2 outs and a runner on second, I will laugh in yours.

4 years 5 months ago

What does that even mean anyway?

4 years 5 months ago

Most teams have at least a serviceable utility men. Just because the Phillies survived Valdez’s lack of offensive production doesn’t mean he did a great job, nor does it remotely imply that he should be considered by anyone to be the team’s MVP.

I appreciate and admire players that give it their all despite their shortcomings, but the fact is that Valdez is barely serviceable on offense. Like I said, can’t comment on his defense. His dWAR last year was 1.3 in limited action, so he may be great defensively. It’s just too small of a sample size for me to go on.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

Haven’t you seen the MLBTR poster named MetsEventually.

4 years 5 months ago

No. But now I’m wondering what the hell that means. Great.