Apparently, Castillo will not be the heir to Chase Utley’s disabled throne. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Philadelphia Phillies have [already] parted ways with recently signed second baseman Luis Castillo. The Phillies found themselves scrounging around at the last minute to find a competent replacement for All-Star Chase Utley, who has been recovering from Patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Considering Wilson Valdez is the only remaining 2B on the Phils roster, it’s fair to assume that Castillo was less-than-impressive in his extremely short tenure with the club.
His release from the Phillies could very well spell the end-of-the-road for Luis Castillo. Considering the former All-Star had trouble fending off the likes of Alex Cora for playing time in 2010, while only posting a measly .235/.337/.267 line, 0 HR, 17 RBI, 28 R, and 8 SB in 299 PA’s, it doesn’t look good for Louie’s future. Also, for those who still think Castillo is a skilled fielder, the veteran hasn’t been of “Golden Glove”-caliber since 2005, when he posted a 13.7 UZR/150 (according to FanGraphs).
Unless Castillo’s signs-on with another National League team, it might prove difficult for Mets fans to boo the former player as much in-person as initially thought was possible.