The Cubs are one of the many teams interested in OF Rusney Castillo. The free agent outfielder worked out at Wrigley Field ten days ago after the organization sent at least five scouts to watch his workout July 26 at the University of Miami.
Jesse Sanchez reported Wednesday that Castillo’s private workouts were coming to an end. Castillo was expected to narrow the list of teams down to the highest bidders “in the coming days.”
According to a report Friday afternoon from Joel Sherman, Rusney Castillo reviewed the offers he received with his representatives Friday and will trim the list of teams to a handful over the weekend. Castillo could decide next week and sign with a team.
Sherman added that the contenders interested in signing Castillo have a sense of urgency to get him under contract before the end of the month to be eligible for the post-season. Plus, having him signed next week would give him a couple of weeks before the minor league season ends.
According to Joel Sherman, non-contenders are in the mix for Rusney Castillo as well due to the fact draft pick compensation is not tied to him. Sherman indicated the Yankees, Tigers and Red Sox are considered “major players” for Castillo.
The Cubs are believed to be intrigued about Rusney Castillo’s upside and he is within the age range of players that would fit within the front office’s long-term plan. Castillo is 27 years old and is believed to be looking for at least a contract similar to the one Yasiel Puig signed with the Dodgers (seven years, $42 million).
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