Conflicting Reports on Where the Cubs Stand in the Bidding for OF Rusney Castillo

Jed Hoyer confirmed Wednesday the Cubs are in the mix for Rusney Castillo after a rather confusing 24 hours on the Rusney Castillo front. Reports Monday suggested the Cubs were one of the major bidders for the free agent outfielder, but it appeared the Cubs were out of the mix throughout the day Tuesday based on the bidding for his services passing the point the Cubs front office was willing to go on the talented, yet unknown outfielder.

Buster Olney reported Tuesday afternoon that the Cubs were viewed as the team most likely to sign Castillo based on information he received from two sources tied to interest in Castillo. Then came the report from Ken Rosenthal two-plus hours after Olney’s that stated the Cubs, along with the Yankees and Phillies, were out of the mix for Castillo because those three teams would not be outbidding the Tigers, Red Sox or Giants for his services.

Jed Hoyer would not comment on how good a player Rusney Castillo is or where the Cubs stood on the negotiations with him during an interview on The Kap & Haugh Show (87.7 The Game). Hoyer acknowledged the Cubs were one of 8-10 teams that held a private workout for him. Hoyer said the Cubs are involved in the process for Castillo.

To what level the Cubs are still in the running to sign OF Rusney Castillo is unknown at this point. The Cubs are believed to be one of the finalists in the bidding process that could exceed $55 million for the outfielder that Yoenis Cespedes said is very comparable to Yasiel Puig.

PrintThe comps on the 27-year old outfielder have ranged from Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner to Ron Gant to a fourth on a contending team.

As reported Tuesday, Jon Heyman posted estimates have ranged from $35-55 million on what it would take to sign Castillo, which fell within the report from Sahadev Sharma that bidding for Castillo had gotten wild and surpassed $55 million. Dave Cameron indicated Wednesday morning that he could end up signing for north of $50 million.

According to multiple reports, Rusney Castillo is expected to pick a team and sign by the weekend.

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