PHILLIES SIGN CASTILLO TO MINOR LEAGUE DEAL

Second baseman Luis Castillo has signed a minor league contract with the Phillies and will report to camp as a non-roster invitee, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.

Castillo, 35, was hitting .286 (8-28) with two RBI in 11 games for the New York Mets this spring.  Last season with the Mets, he was limited to 86 games due to a bruised right heel and batted .235 with 17 RBI and eight stolen bases.

During his 15-year major league career, Castillo has made three All-Star teams (2002-03; 2005) and won three Gold Glove awards (2003-05).  He has batted over .300 eight times in his career, the last coming in 2009 when he hit .302 for the Mets.

Castillo has hit .290 in his career with 28 home runs, 59 triples, 443 RBI and 370 stolen bases for the Florida Marlins (1996-2005), Minnesota Twins (2006-07) and the Mets (2007-10).

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