Phillies fans can only hope Luis Castillo doesn't drop pop-ups here like he did in a Mets uniform.
According to David Murphy of the Daily News, the Phillies are on the verge of signing veteran second baseman Luis Castillo, who was released by the Mets this afternoon. If the Phillies ink Castillo, the Mets would still be responsible for most of his $6 million salary (LOLMETS).
The move by the Phillies is intriguing. If Chase Utley's injury isn't as serious as we all hope, Wilson Valdez and possibly Josh Barfield would seem to be viable replacements for the time being. If Chase Utley's injury will keep him out of the lineup for an extended period of time, Luis Castillo is likely not the answer.
While Castillo did bat .302 for the Mets in 2009, he is far removed from the player he once was with the Marlins. The 35-year-old would be nothing more than another option for Cholly. Most scouts agree that Castillo has lost a step at the plate and in the field, so it would seem that Wilson Valdez will see most of the playing time at second despite the signing.
What do you think Phillies fans? Who will be the Phillies opening day second baseman?