Cuban OF Rusney Castillo is close to concluding his private workouts for interested teams and he will soon begin fielding contract offers (Sanchez, Aug. 13).
The Mets were among several teams to attend Castillo’s workout in Miami. However, at least so far, they have not had him in for a private workout (Cerrone, Aug. 14).
The Tigers, Astros, Yankees and Phillies are among teams rumored to have interest in Castillo, who is 5’9″, 185 pounds (MLB.com, Aug. 14).
“He was really good,” a GM told Peter Gammons after the workout (Gammons Daily, Aug. 1). “He showed everything – power, speed, defensive ability. He hasn’t been a big performer in Cuba, but he looks like he could be really interesting. My guess is a 20-HR, 30-steal center fielder, who might be able to play second base. He’s a free swinger, but that can improve.”
Castillo’s bidding could get up to as high as $50 million, which is already chasing some teams away, such as the Twins (Sanchez, July 29).