- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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New York Mets
Second baseman Luis Castillo is not wasting time finding a new employer.
On the day he officially was eligible to sign, Castillo quickly narrowed his focus and appears poised to join the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a baseball source.
The Phillies’ second base situation is unsettled because of All-Star Chase Utley’s knee woes.
Castillo, 35, hit .235 with no homers and 17 RBIs last season in 247 at-bats. The Mets began the process of releasing Castillo on Friday, despite owing him $6 million in the final season of a four-year, $25 million deal. Castillo’s new employer will only be responsible for the major league minimum.