Report: Cubs Viewed as Team Most Likely to Land OF Rusney Castillo

The Cubs are one of the teams believed to be a finalist for OF Rusney Castillo. A report out of Boston indicated the Cubs are one of the major bidders for Castillo, along with the Red Sox, Phillies, Yankees and Tigers. And Jon Heyman reported Tuesday the Cubs are one of a half-dozen teams that could win the bidding for Castillo and are seen as “serious players” for his services.

Buster Olney reported Tuesday afternoon, two people “involved in the Rusney Castillo bidding view the Cubs as the most likely team to land him.” Olney qualified his report by stating those were “just educated guesses.”

It is unclear at this point the amount and length of a contract that Rusney Castillo is looking to sign. Castillo is 27 years old and could be anywhere from a starting outfielder to a fourth outfielder. And the comps have ranged from Jacoby Ellsbury to Brett Gardner to Ron Gant.

PrintJon Heyman reported estimates on a contract for Castillo have ranged from $35-55 million, which would fall in line with what Sahadev Sharma reported Tuesday. According to his sources, the bidding for Castillo is more than $55 million and the “Cubs don’t appear to see value in that.”

Rusney Castillo was expected to narrow his decision down to a few teams last weekend, with a possible announcement of coming this week. Various reports indicated Tuesday that he is now expected to make a decision by the weekend.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Ken Rosenthal (7:55pm CDT): Sources: Tigers, Red Sox, Giants still in mix for Rusney Castillo. Cubs, Yankees, Phillies not expected to place high bid.

    • SirGladiator

      Hopefully Rosenthal got scooped by Olney, rather than the other way around :) . Certainly there’s absolutely no excuse for us not to win this bidding war unless Theo doesn’t believe this guy’s the real deal. If he is, we have the money to get him and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have the highest bid. So hopefully Olney’s sources are the better ones!

      • John_CC

        Neil, what is scuttlebutt on how many years go with the $55M?

        I lean towards side of the argument that thinks the hype machine is driving his cost up. And I don’t see where he really fits the Cubs plan. He’s 27 and Puig needed a little time in the minors. I can’t see the Cubs going more than 4 years on an unproven 27 year old.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          The only amount of years I’ve seen attached to him is six. There are teams fighting for a spot in the playoffs that think he can contribute this season.

          • John_CC

            Agreed, I’m sure the Tigers would love a shot in the arm and especially after trading Jackson.

        • BigJonLilJon

          This kid won’t be near as good as Puig!! Hope we back off. He will be an Avg mlb player. We have no need for that

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        There are a lot of people apprehensive about signing him. I’m torn, but overall I’m with you Sir. I say let’s take the shot. Bring in a mature guy, who isn’t too old, and let’s see if we get Puig, or just a guy. Either way, it shouldn’t be more than a 4 or 5 year deal.

        • daverj

          I’d also like the Cubs to take a shot at him, but I think it will take a 7 year contract to get him signed.

      • Tony_H

        What?? I sure hope they just don’t blindly keep bidding until no one else is bidding. Set parameters and stick to it.

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  • Ray Koenig

    Cubs Den has an opposite headline.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I have not seen John’s headline. He does a very good job. Olney’s report came out late this afternoon, around 5:15 if I remember corrrectly.

      • John_CC

        John is leaning harder on the Sherman and Sharma sources and Olney’s “educated guess” comment.

        Who knows?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Thanks … and exactly.

      • Ray Koenig

        “Cubs appear to be out on Rusney Castillo”.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Ray, I just went and found his report. And posted what I read above. Thanks for letting me know.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I have not seen John’s headline. He does a very good job. Olney’s report came out late this afternoon, around 5:15 if I remember corrrectly.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Ray, I just went and found John’s report. His time stamp is a couple of hours before Olney’s report. John also posted an update with the info from Olney. Thanks for letting me know.

  • John_CC

    Tigers need a boost right now and he fits in CF there now.

    Also makes sense for Red Sox aggressive, quick turn-around rebuild plan. And having Cespedes could be a draw for him.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I don’t know if I’d call them a rebuild. More of a reload. They’ve got a plethora of top prospects knocking on doors and had some significant assets to deal. It was smart though. Rather than let the roster get another year older, and block the youngsters from coming up and turning the page. Good timing from Ben.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I don’t know if I’d call them a rebuild. More of a reload. They’ve got a plethora of top prospects knocking on doors and had some significant assets to deal. It was smart though. Rather than let the roster get another year older, and block the youngsters from coming up and turning the page. Good timing from Ben.

      • SirGladiator

        Yeah, that’s exactly right. People looked at the pitchers the Red Sox traded away and assumed they were rebuilding, but look at the huge talent they got back for them. Cespedes and Craig for all-star hitting, Kelly a decent pitcher, they’re still looking strong, maybe even stronger than before, they’re definitely not in rebuild mode.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Ours was a rebuild, from ground up. Because we had to. The Sox sent into the season with a top 5 farm system. Hey just hit the reset button on this season and loaded up a bit more for future. But thy got back lower level MLB and high level farm talent for the most part. And guys that were having down years like Craig. Cespedes was a good get though too.

          Look at our trades, a couple years ago we were trading for A ball guys, Hendricks/Vizcaino/Villanueva. Them last year more like A and AA guys. But also Arietta &Strop, which was a really similar type trade to what the Sox did this season. Then this year we traded for guys that had some MLB experience, but others while being prospects, are almost MLB ready. McKinney being the exception. But I think that was more of necessity. They wanted Russell, and the A’s just didn’t had anybody else near ready that had enough upside. So they took McKinney, who’s is young, but looks to be the real deal. At least as far as prospects go.

          • daverj

            Agreed on McKinney. He was a very good second piece in that deal.

  • GaryLeeT

    I wonder how often Castillo and Soler’s paths have crossed? Just watched his audition video in Miami. I don’t know if he plays like a professional athlete, but sure as hell looks like one.

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    It won’t be a huge loss but I’m sure some will use it as a reason to bash the FO. There is no reason to over pay for this guy. Make a bid for what you think is his fair value and be happy if someone overpays.

    • SirGladiator

      But that’s just the thing though, if he’s the real deal nobody’s going to ‘overpay’, they’re going to get him for about 1/3 of what he’s worth. Theo and company worked him out, and presumably they studied the tapes etc. so they should have a good idea whether or not he’s the real deal. If he’s legit, he’s going to be a steal for whatever team makes the winning bid, whether that’s 45 million, 55 million, whatever, because if he’s the real deal he’s going to be worth that number with a 1 in front of it :) . Of course if he isn’t the real deal then anything you pay is an overpay, so that’s for Team Theo to figure out. But if we let him go like we did Cespedes and Darvish, and he turns out to have their level of talent, we’re going to have given away a golden opportunity.

  • cubsin

    The Cubs (presumably) have lots of money to spend, but there also many ways to spend it. There are two more Cubans waiting in line for free agency (Tomas and Despaigne). There will be attractive MLB free agents this winter (Lester, Scherzer, Shields and others). There may be JPL players posted (Maeda and others). Even the Yankees and Dodgers don’t have enough money to acquire them all. Theo and Jed can’t get all the shiny new toys either.