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.
It 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.
- Full Report from Comcast SportsNet
- Full Report from Baseball America
- Video of Rusney Castillo’s showcase from Baseball America