Cubs Reportedly a Major Bidder for OF Rusney Castillo

A report late last Friday from Joel Sherman indicated free agent OF Rusney Castillo was in the process of reviewing the offers from numerous teams interested in signing him and he would trim the list down over the weekend and possibly sign with a team during the upcoming week.

The Cubs are believed to be one of the many teams interested in signing the speedy outfielder and held a private workout for him at Wrigley Field earlier in the month.

According to a report from Gordon Edes of ESPN, the Cubs have been mentioned, along with the Red Sox, Tigers, Yankees and Phillies, as major bidders for Rusney Castillo.

According to the report from ESPN Boston, the Red Sox have put in an offer for Rusney Castillo and while the bidding for him is not expected to reach the contract that Jose Abreu (six years, $68 million) signed with the White Sox, Castillo is expected to sign for at least as much as Yasiel Puig did with the Dodgers (seven years, $42 million).

PrintThe New York Post reported that Castillo is “shifting through offers from MLB teams, but hasn’t yet set a timetable on when he will sign a free agent contract.” The same report indicated the Phillies are the favorite to sign Castillo according to several teams interested in signing him. And according to the Post, Rusney Castillo could sign a contract in the $40-55 million range.

According to the reports from Joel Sherman, the contenders interested in Rusney Castillo would like to sign him as soon as possible in order to get him into their system and hopefully some playing time before the minor league season ends. Castillo would have to be in the team’s organization before the end of the month in order for him to be eligible to play in the post-season.

Rusney Castillo is expected to make a decision “any day now” according to Gordon Edes.

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