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Luis Castillo signed a minor league contract, but won’t be going to the minors

Mar 21, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

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As expected, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed this morning that going to the minors isn’t actually a possibility for Luis Castillo even though he signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies yesterday.

Instead, he’ll either convince the Phillies to put him on the Opening Day roster or become a free agent again in two weeks. In the meantime the Phillies will be out zero dollars if he doesn’t make the team, as the minor-league deal didn’t come with a 40-man roster spot or a guaranteed salary.

In other words it’s a 10-day tryout, which is even more reason to view the signing as a no-brainer for a team with middle infield depth issues right now.

  1. BC - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Philly’s infielders are dropping like flies. Best if they keep this guy around for a bit.

    • b7p19 - Mar 21, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      So first they were dropping like flies and now they’ll be hitting like flies.

      In all seriousness though shouldn’t they be able to find a replacement level player somewhere in they’re organization?

  2. Jonny 5 - Mar 21, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    I still don’t get it. Why did the Mutts release him? I know he underperformed, and that caused some discontent, but he was pretty much the best option at second base for the Mutts, and with them having to pay him anyway, WHY?

    • hep3 - Mar 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      The Mets released him because Mookie wanted his number back.

    • seanmk - Mar 21, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      same reason they dropped ollie. they aren’t in a win now situation so you look to the future, and he’s not the future. plus he had one year left and it’s a sunk cost

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM

        I thought they dumped Ollie because he sucked…?

      • Jonny 5 - Mar 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM

        Ollie was terrible. Castillo was overpaid. That’s 2 different things here.

      • b7p19 - Mar 21, 2011 at 1:17 PM

        Actually, I’d say they have both been, well, both of those options lately jonny5. Unless of course you are suggesting that Castillo has been useful…

      • Jonny 5 - Mar 21, 2011 at 1:37 PM

        He’s usually a +WAR player, so yeah, kinda, when he’s not out hurt.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Mar 21, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Sometime…….Late October…….Bottom of the ninth………ARod hits a pop-up………

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM

      And Utley snags it and doubles off Beep Beep to clinch the Series. And pandemonium commences for the Phightins and their most-loyal fans yet again…

    • Jonny 5 - Mar 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      And then he wakes up in a sweaty pool next to Madonna and Cameron Diaz, or what’s left of her and a Centaur poster over his bed, reminding him he’s home. ;) …. Late october….

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 21, 2011 at 1:28 PM

        Thanks a lot, Jonny. Now I have that image in my head along with the Carpenters!!!!!!! Oh, the humanity!!!

      • Jonny 5 - Mar 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

        Damn. That’s terrible. Not STD terrible, but close.

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