Former Mets second baseman, boy, does that feel great to say, Luis Castillo has been released for the second time this winter, this time being cut by the Phillies. Castillo, who was statistically one of the worst starting position players in the MLB last year, is now once again on the open market.
Castillo was reportedly going to fill in while Chase Utley recovered from his knee ailment, but it appears another Mets cast off will get the job instead. Wilson Valdez will likely cover most of the playing time along with several other fillers. Utley will likely return sometime mid-season, my guess is we will see Johan Santana and Utley return around the same time.
The 35-year old Dominican native batted to a mediocre .604 OPS, ranking just 291st among 305 players with at least 250 plate appearances in the majors in 2010. Despite his below average campaign, Castillo will likely find a job somewhere when the time comes that a team is in need for middle infield depth.
Wherever he may end up, I am just glad that the mess that is Luis Castillo is no longer our problem.