If Luis Castillo makes the Phillies, he will give them insurance for second baseman Chase Utley over the next 3 to 4 weeks, maybe longer. But the moment Utley returns from his right-knee injury, Castillo would have virtually no role with the club.
For Castillo, signing with the Phillies is worth the risk.
His image was badly tarnished during his time with the Mets. Getting out of New York will give him a chance to restore his reputation and increase his appeal to other clubs.
The question, of course, is whether Castillo can still play.
One rival general manager says that Castillo is “done.” A Phillies veteran believes the team would have been better off choosing from their infielders already in camp – Wilson Valdez, Peter Orr, Josh Barfield and Michael Martinez.
Castillo, 35, has lost range at second due to his injuries. But he is a .290 career hitter who produced a .387 on-base percentage as recently as 2009. He is said to be in good shape, and past teammates consider him a winning player.
The Phillies host the Mets in the second series of the season, April 5 to 7. If everything works out for Castillo, his redemption could begin right then, against his former team.
— Ken Rosenthal