MLB 2011: Philadelphia Phillies Cut Luis Castillo

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIMarch 31, 2011

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  RY 24:  Luis Castillo #1 of the New York Mets poses for a portrait during the New York Mets Photo Day on February 24, 2011 at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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What does it say about what the Philadelphia Phillies thought of Luis Castillo that they cut in him in favor of Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez?

It says the Phillies think Castillo is toast. Perhaps if Steve Jeltz was still playing second for the Phillies, Castillo would have made the club. Actually, maybe not.

The Phillies cut Castillo a little more than a week after signing him to a minor league contract. Castillo would have made $414,000 if he made the Phillies’ roster, but since he didn’t, the Phillies don’t owe him ugatz.

With Chase Utley slated to start the year on the DL, the Phillies will roll with Valdez as their starting second baseman. Valdez has a career .240/.289/.326 slash line with five HR’s in 732 plate appearances.

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