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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