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"


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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

everyone gets a fresh start at funny. go!

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

Yet you continue to waste yours……

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

0-1 wait for your pitch

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

FAIL.

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

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

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

Dude, you really try wayyyy too hard.

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JacksTigers
4 years 3 months ago

Actually it sounds like your trying way too hard.

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

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

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TartanElk
4 years 3 months ago

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

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Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

wow. finished him

Shang Tsung’s soul sucking

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TartanElk
4 years 3 months ago

Flawless Victory.

Guest
4 years 3 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.

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vtadave
4 years 3 months ago

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

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

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

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

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

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sellitman
4 years 3 months ago

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

Member
4 years 3 months ago

Not unlike Wilson Valdez last season….

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

What the hell?

Member
4 years 3 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…

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Henry Sanchez
4 years 3 months ago

Phillies LOVE Met rejects lol

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frank_costanza
4 years 3 months ago

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

Guest
4 years 3 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.

Guest
4 years 3 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.

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frank_costanza
4 years 3 months ago

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

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Bender44
4 years 3 months ago

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

Guest
4 years 3 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.

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hoagiebuchanan
4 years 3 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.

Guest
4 years 3 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.

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guydavis
4 years 3 months ago

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

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Bender44
4 years 3 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.

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tr2008
4 years 3 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

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

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

Guest
4 years 3 months ago

[never mind.]

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Elliot
4 years 3 months ago

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

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MetsEventually
4 years 3 months ago

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

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nepp
4 years 3 months ago

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

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JaySchu
4 years 3 months ago

What crucial game?

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MetsEventually
4 years 3 months ago

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

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Stl_Great
4 years 3 months ago

The battle for last place, go Nats!

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Jason Klinger
4 years 3 months ago

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