Monday, March 21, 2011

Update: Castillo signs with the Phillies


Chase Utley rounding the bases after hitting a...
On the day he officially was eligible to sign, Castillo quickly narrowed his focus and appears poised to join the Philadelphia Phillies, according to ESPN NY.

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.”

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