One of the Red Sox, Tigers, Phillies, Cubs, Yankees and Mariners are expected to end up signing Cuban free-agent OF Rusney Castillo, who is currently sifting through offers, according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman (CBS Sports, Aug. 19).
The Mets were among several teams to attend Castillo’s workout in Miami. However, they did not have him in for a private workout (Cerrone, Aug. 14).
“He isn’t Jose Abreu or Yoenis Cespedes in terms of power, but he has above average major-league power,” one official with an interested team told Heyman.
“He was really good,” a GM told Peter Gammons after the July 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.”
According to Heyman, Castillo is expected to sign a $35-$55 million contract and could be ready to play in the big leagues before the end of this season.