Castillo released; Martinez will make team

The run for Luis Castillo was very short-lived.

With only a week to make the team, the second baseman failed to do so, being released by the Phillies. But cutting Castillo now, the Phils won’t have to pay him a single penny of the $414,000 they signed him for or the $6 million the Mets owe him.

Castillo managed only one extra-base hit in 50 at-bats this spring for the Phillies and Mets, batting .280 with a .368 OPB and .300 slugging (and a miserable .668 OPS).

In other roster news, Michael Martinez could have locked up a spot on the 25-man roster, that is according to a quote by Charlie Manuel.

“Wilson (Valdez) and Martinez are both going to play some there,” Manuel said in reference to who is going to replace Chase Utley.

Martinez was solid this spring. Though his .239 average kinda stunk, he hit three doubles, two homers and drove in eight runs while playing some very strong defense. It’s going to be interesting to see how much time Manuel gives him.

So with the Phillies cutting Castillo and sending first baseman Matt Rizzotti to AAA Lehigh, that opens up one more spot on the bench.

Delwyn Young and Pete Orr, both infielders but Young also plays the outfield, should be the best candidates to win the 25th spot on the roster.

Young is versatile, something the Phillies needed. He batted .267 with two doubles, a homer and eight RBIs. But the fact he can play in the infield and outfield will prove to be a huge bonus for the Phils.

Orr hit four doubles and four triples. He’s got some serious speed and is a real threat on the base paths. The second baseman finished with a .273 average while driving in two runs and had an OPS of .777.

Young’s defensive versatility gives him the advantage but Orr is a better offensive player. We will find out tomorrow it appears.

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