The Phillies’ second base situation is unsettled because of All-Star Chase Utley’s knee woes.
Castillo, 35, hit .235 with no homers and 17 RBIs last season in 247 at-bats. The Mets began the process of releasing Castillo on Friday, despite owing him $6 million in the final season of a four-year, $25 million deal. Castillo’s new employer will only be responsible for the major league minimum.
Update: The Philadelphia Phillies, obviously concerned about Chase Utley’s knee problem, have signed former Mets second baseman Luis Castillo to a minor league contract, according to ESPN.com.
Utley is battling patellar tendinitis and told reporters on Sunday he is “moving in the right direction.” But the Phillies, hedging their bets on a quick return by their star, decided to add Castillo. Utley has not played in a spring training game.
According to ESPN, Mets G.M. Sandy Alderson was not shocked by the signing, telling reporters, “It wasn’t a surprise. It wasn’t unanticipated.”