Report: Cubs Sent Five Scouts to Watch Rusney Castillo

The Cubs are one of many teams interested in free agent OF Rusney Castillo. The Cubs were among the 28 teams on hand last Saturday in Miami to watch Castillo’s workout. According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, the Cubs sent five scouts to watch his showcase last Saturday at the University of Miami and Baseball America indicated “the Cubs had a team of evaluators in to see Castillo.”

As of Monday night, the Cubs had not setup a private workout with Castillo, which appears to be the next step in the process, despite reports as late as last week stating Castillo could sign shortly after his workout. Ben Badler reported Monday that Castillo is likely to sign in the “next two weeks.”

Comcast SportsNet reported “the Cubs are intrigued by Castillo” and see “his upside.” Castillo also fits within the right age range (prime years) for the Cubs business/baseball plan. Castillo is 27 years old.

PrintIt is unclear at this point what it would take to sign Castillo, both in terms of length and total amount of the contract. Speculation is that Castillo is looking for a contract similar to the one Yasiel Puig signed (seven years, $42 million with similar opt outs for arbitration) while rumors have Castillo asking for a bigger payday. Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports represents Rusney Castillo.

According to Jesse Sanchez, the Phillies (Tuesday) and the Red Sox (Friday) have private workouts scheduled with Castillo. The Phillies and Red Sox are the only two teams that Sanchez confirmed had scheduled workouts. Ben Badler reported the Yankees, along with the Phillies and Red Sox, have private workouts scheduled with Castillo. The Red Sox and Phillies had the most representatives on hand for his workout last Saturday.

The Orioles are also interested in signing Castillo. Roch Kubatko reported Monday the Orioles were in the process of setting up a private workout for Castillo.

Baseball America reported, the Cubs, White Sox, Mariners, Giants, Blue Jays and Braves “have popped up as potential fits for Castillo.” And Castillo would fit the Cubs plan moving forward.

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  • BigJonLilJon

    I hope we don’t spend the money on this guy. His biggest attribute is speed. Possible surprising power, but weak arm in outfield according to MLBTR. Also, his work out was being pitched by a college DII RP, so I’m not sure how much weight to put into that work out.

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    • calicub

      He’s 27 not 32. He’s got a good 5-6 years before speedsters generally decline. Cubs have the money and the need and they’ve lost out on pretty much every major high upside international signing since Soler.

      I don want to say they FO needs to save face but being outbid again on another successful IFA wouldn’t sit will in this fan’s gut.

      • BigJonLilJon

        Not at a 7 year 42 Million or more contract. Even at 27 years old, I think we could do better in FA for some one a bit more proven. Again… his work out was pitched by a DII RP. Would need to see him against a much better quality pitcher before I can get excited about his bat. That’s just me though.

        • calicub

          Seven years is a long time, but even at $6MM a year, I think one of the BIGGEST markets in the game could absorb the risk. That is a lot of potential value to forsake out of fear of injury.

          What FA this off-season could be had for anywhere close to that value? Sure he’s not proven but the only two guys available who could compare to his skill set are Melky Cabrera (30), Colby Rasmus (28). Neither of those guys is a sure thing with their injury history amongst other concerns for Melky. Melky is playing his way towards a qualifying offer (much more expensive AAV) and Rasmus has already shown what he is; a strong defender with lurking power but no speed and an otherwise underwhelming hit tool (Doesn’t quite have the strong OPS the FO likes).

        • Patrick_Schaefer

          Inf/ of at worst he’s a speedy utility guy making 6 million a year. at that price. Given a 60 grade on a scale to 80. And a 50 grade is about average arm.

      • cubtex

        and he is not a speedster. he has above average speed. I wouldn’t mind this move at all either. It’s not like they don’t have holes to fill in the outfield :)

      • Jeffrey Rogers

        Save the money for Lester or Scherzer.

    • Theboardrider

      I don’t think anybody in a scheduled workout they put together is going to have a super tough pitcher trying to strike them out. I may be wrong, and have never been a scout. But it seems that with at least this first one, that his agent scheduled, they would treat it like BP as would anybody.

      Cubans are a crapshoot. The scouting always seems to be off. Nobody saw Puig coming. Cespedes was supposed to be good but I don’t think anyone saw him being the all-star he is.

      That said, the scouting being wrong usually underestimates these Cuban position players. At his age, I’d give him a 5 or 6 year deal around 35 million.

  • calicub

    Get it done!

  • Ray Koenig

    Expect the Cubs to once again “just miss out” on this guy.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    What is actually the baseball potential with this guy that makes him better than ruggiano or coghlan? All I see is him compared to other cubans…as if they are all the same.

    Like yao ming and jeremy lin are the same…cause their asian. If this was a college kid with the exact same skillset, would he be in the first 3 rounds?

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