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Cuban defector Castillo impresses scouts in workout

The Mets were one of many teams in Miami to watch 26-year-old Cuban OF Rusney Castillo hold a workout. Castillo reportedly showed off “impressive power and speed,” according to reporter Ken Davidoff. Castillo became a free agent last month and quickly joined Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

“I think he could be impacting a team this summer,” Brodie Van Wagenen, head of the baseball division at Creative Artists Agency, which teams with Roc Nation for Roc Nation Sports, said (Post, July 26). “We’re coming up on the trade deadline. I think a lot of teams may view this player as a trade-deadline-type acquisition, and that he could be playing in a pennant race in September.”

He is 5’9″, 185 pounds, a right-handed hitter with a line-drive stroke and plus-plus speed, according to Ben Badler (Baseball America, July 20).

“I like him,” a scout who attended the workout said (Villa, July 26). “He’s a major league player.”

The Phillies, Red Sox and Yankees are expected to host Castillo for private workouts (Badler, July 28).




50 comments
Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

If the Mets had big market money this would be a done deal, a speed/power outfielder, pay him put him at the top of the order, and save prospects for one of the Cubs top infield prospects, and be able to keep more of our pitching for us.

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Well here's another guy from Cuba who will rake in the majors, and the Metsies have already passed up on him.

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

If you can't get Tulo this summer, this is Alderson's guy right here. Missing out on Abrues bat should have made a lesson. Go with the scouts word. I have trust in the organization. If he's a 3 or more tool player, this must get done for the Mets.

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Signing Castillo will not cost The Mets a Prospect, they can then wait to pick up a SS chicago has 3 Arizonia has 3 and they can only play 1, not to mention Tulo and Drew. The Mets are in the drivers seat!

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

no chance,  better chance on tomas in offseason. they can't just pay this guy now

Scrubs
Scrubs

This makes too much sense.  Count on the Mets NOT to do it.  

Ben Fortney
Ben Fortney

All we heard about Abreu was that he was old and slow and couldn't play the field - so the Mets didn't want him.


This guy's younger, and fast, and hits line drive... all very important when playing at Citi. I hope Brender's comments are just a diversion - they *have* to be interested in this guy.


Then again, it's the Mets so odds are that if we signed him he'd be the first Cuban bust.

Dustin Matthew Schwartz
Dustin Matthew Schwartz

Why bother trading for Tulo? Why throw all your eggs in one basket? The guy is hurt, pushing 30, and owed a lot. We'd have to send 4-5 prospects for him. I'd be pissed if we did this to get him, when we could've gotten essentially the same player (minus some power) in Reyes by just paying him a lot, not sending away possibly good players. Same goes for Kemp, CarGo, etc. If anything, we should try and trade Colon and Murphy, older vets that can net us some decent young guys, in the same way we went after Wheeler, Syndergaard, d'Arnaud, Black, and Herrera. 


Honestly, I wouldn't want to trade any of our prospects. I just don't think it's worth it. I like what I see from some of the current guys and I am patient enough to wait another year for some prospects to come up, as well as some vets to enter the free agent market. I think d'Arnaud, Lagares, and Duda will improve, and I believe Granderson and Wright will help guide these guys and contribute as well. I'm excited to see what we can possibly get out of Conforto, Nimmo, Herrera, Smith, and Plawecki. I even believe Flores might be decent, too, if Collin actually gave him a longterm shot at short. 


Mets should not subtract whatever they've added as far as prospects/young guys go. This pitching is surreal and is the best I've seen in recent years. Let's not ruin a good thing and be a little more patient. We're halfway there.

heynow20
heynow20

Add this guy; trade Colon; keep Syndrgaard; drop CY; drop Abreu.  Add JJ Hardy in offseason. 

Next Year's rotation - Harvey, Wheeler, Degrom, Niese and Gee.  Bring up Thor once 1 of the 5 inevitably gets hurt. 

Next Year's bullpen - Meija, Familia, Black, Torres, Montero, Edgin

Next Year's lineup - Castillo; Murphy, Wright; Duda; Hardy; Granderson; TDA; Lagares

Chris Molloy
Chris Molloy

"I think he could be impacting a team this summer,” Brodie Van Wagenen, head of the baseball division at Creative Artists Agency, which teams with Roc Nation for Roc Nation Sports"  Don't quote the agent. That's like asking Ted Wal-Mart about which grocery stores are the best onesto shop in. Dah!

theglider
theglider

His agents are CAA. That's the same agency that represents Chris Young.

So maybe now people will understand why , despite how bad Young has been, the team upholds a promise to him. Agents have long memories

rico
rico

Man if I had a kid who had pro-baseball talent I'd make sure to "turn him cuban" right about now.



vipregan
vipregan

Mets wouldn't even sign Jose Abreu so don't plan on it.

Maybe they have a slim chance, if they actually make an offer , only because Roc nation may want him in NY

mr met
mr met

The money saved by dumping Ike Davis should go right into investing into this player.  That plus the money being paid to Chris Young creates more than enough money to sign him to a 4 year deal.  If we are doing the math Ike had 3.5 coming to him, CY 7.5.  If he is slated to get just south of the Puig Deal I think you have to pull the trigger.  

Kyle Tompkins
Kyle Tompkins

Our future Left Fielder and Leadoff hitter.


But nah

ponzies86
ponzies86

We need a upgrade at LF, Mets should take a shot at him, so far these Cuban defectors have been really good in the Majors. 

manicmesia
manicmesia

How did he look at short?  Anyone read about it?  Or did he not even show off there?

Ricky Tan
Ricky Tan

Déjà vu - a Cuban player that would fill a major need on this team drops from baseball heaven. We'd have to trade no one and would be ready to go almost immediately and of course we will do nothing.

saxon
saxon

That would work

James
James

@Greg Formeister Yep, never seen him and no idea if he is any good, but no questions asked we have to get him...

elcondor
elcondor

In agreement with most of what you have written but players have to be moved when they are "blocked" The Dodgers have five outfielders for three spots, they are doing something about it. Mets may have eight starting pitchers, they need to rebalance this off season and I'm sure they will. I'm not A GM and do no play one on this blog. I've seen ludicrous "trade scenarios" offered here which I read with amusement and bewilderment. Many of us do not seem to understand the concept of a "match" or a "fit" Other teams are also trying to improve so it can be a difficult process . I, too, would like us to exercise patience. It is incredibly fortuitous( maybe brilliant) that we have Wheeler, Thor, Black, d'Naud, Herrera. Etc. on the roster at this time. The addition of a quality SS and LF will make us competitive

sooner rather then later

Dustin Matthew Schwartz
Dustin Matthew Schwartz

And if we need a power bat, take a risk on one of these Cuban defectors, as we won't have to trade anything away for them.

Steve Dowling
Steve Dowling

@clvytonjohnson That's because it was free to watch the group workout but they would have to pay for the private workout.

Max Denby
Max Denby

@theglider Again points out what a awful move it was by Sandy promising that he would get at bats, and putting himself under the thumb of a power CAA agent.  The CY deal gets worse and worse. 

mr met
mr met

@theglider very very true.  CY's agent is co chair of CAA's baseball division.  

Max Denby
Max Denby

@vipregan God I wish they did. Turned out to be one of the better contacts in baseball.  A total steal. 

mr met
mr met

roc nation just wants to secure the biggest paydays.  ASk Robinson Cano.

rico
rico

@ponzies86 operative word is "so far"


do you remember Alay Solar or Jorge Toca?   They were Cuban defectors and Mets and they were busts.  


Law of averages says, sooner or later some of these guys coming out of cuba are not all going to be allstars..

dave42
dave42

@manicmesia  I read that as a shortstop, he looked like a really good left fielder.

James
James

@methead @Muhammad Qureshi If we sign him he will bust, if he doesn't he will be the next Puig/Abreu.  I just know the minute we get on the Cuban bandwagan we will get the complete dud.

Dustin Matthew Schwartz
Dustin Matthew Schwartz

@elcondor Agreed, forgot to mention that point. Honestly, I don't know what to tell you. I think having this large group of pitchers -- Harvey, Wheeler, Thor, deGrom, Montero, Niese, Gee, Hefner, and even Matz -- is a spoils of riches. I wouldn't want to touch any of them in a perfect world of 9 man rotations lol JK. But I am fearful of the Tommy John bug and what happens if people go down, however, I'm also cognizant of the fact that these guys deserve homes and that they can't just sit on reserve. 


If it were possible, I'd use a 6 man rotation of Harvey, Wheeler, Thor, deGrom, Niese, and Gee and put Hefner and Montero in the 'pen. Matz, I keep in the minors a bit longer. I see Niese and Gee being injured here and there, and, given Harvey's recent TJ issue, I'm worried it might happen to another young guy, which is why I vouch to keep extra arms waiting in the wings, for injury and an off-game and we need a long man. Niese and/or Gee would be the guys I'd move, not the young ones. Hefner would be my least dependable starter, but I don't know what you'd get for him now, so I'd keep him around.


Then, there's Plawecki and d'Arnaud. Not sold on either, so why not have them compliment each other? Will be better than a d'Arnaud/Recker tandem for sure.


I think Murphy and Colon could get us something good, I really do, given what Alderson has done for us in the past. I'm just not sold on trading anyone else. I'm too excited by these guys.

Troy Hueschen
Troy Hueschen

Or any other agency... Isn't that what they are supposed to do? SMH!

mr met
mr met

@Troy Hueschen FOr them yes, so that make a larger commission, but the player i.e. CLiff Lee will take less dollars to stay out of market like NY.

Troy Hueschen
Troy Hueschen

@mrmet Lee did spurn the Yanks’ offer of seven years, $148 million to sign with the Phillies for five years, $120 million. But players often think of salary in terms of average annual value, not total amount. The Yanks ($21 million) were offering less annually than the Phils ($24 million) -- plus, Philadelphia’s vesting option came with an enormous, $12.5 million buyout, and allowed Lee to become a free agent sooner. So, while Lee’s decision to return to the Phils was seen as a sentimental one, it was also based on an offer than many players would have considered more financially appealing.