Sunday, February 7, 2016

Updated: Phillies' interest in Castillo "remains to be seen"

Update: 1:28 p.m.

Updated: Phillies' interest in Castillo "remains to be seen"


Update: 1:28 p.m.

 The Phillies haven't ruled out signing newly-released second baseman Luis Castillo. At least that was the impression given by assistant general manager Scott Proefrock today.

When asked of the Phillies' interest in the three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glover, Profefrock said, "That remains to be seen."


Chase Utley returned to Clearwater today after visiting a rehab specialist and participated in batting practice. But he still doesn't appear to be close to shaking off the patellar tendinitis, bone inflammation and chondromalacia that has kept him out of action the entire spring.

Which brings us to this bit of news. . .

The Mets have released 35-year-old second baseman Luis Castillo, a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner who was a key member of the Marlins' 2003 World Series team, according to multiple reports out of New York.

The 35-year-old Castillo struggled last season, hitting .235 with a .337 on base percentage, .267 slugging percentage. But he was plagued with foot injuries last season that limited him to just 86 games.

Our Paul Hagen caught up with an NL scout who has watched Castillo and the Mets this spring and his analysis was blunt:

"He's done," the scout said. "I don't think he can play anymore."

Still, Castillo has been a high on base percentage guy throughout this career and since turning 30 has converted 89 of 117 stolen base attempts (76 percent).

And he is just one year removed from a season in which he hit .302 with a .387 on base percentage and converted 20 of 26 stolen base attempts while playing in 142 games.

From 1999-2009 Castillo hit .298 with a .375 on base percentage and .362 slugging percentage and averaged 36 steals and 99 runs scored every 162 games.

This spring, Castillo is 8-for-28 with three walks (a .286 batting average and .355 on base percentage).

Castillo is owed $6 million this season, the final year of his contract, but assuming he has already passed through waivers, any team that signs him will only be responsible for $400,000 of it.

That's what we know right now.

** Embedded below is a video of Kenny Chesney, who visited with Charlie Manuel and the Phillies.

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