MLB’s attention will now turn to Rusney Castillo

The non-waiver trading period ended Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, meaning MLB will turn now turn its attention to 26-year-old, free-agent, Cuban OF Rusney Castillo, says columnist Peter Gammons (Gammons Daily, July 30)…


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Castillo became a free agent in June and quickly joined Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

The Mets were among several teams to attend Castillo’s workout in Miami last Saturday.

“He was really good,” a GM told Gammons. “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.”



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).

“Scouts also like his athleticism,” reporter Jesse Sanchez recently wrote (MLB.com, July 19). “He’ll have to start the season in the Minor Leagues, but there’s a belief that he could be in the big leagues by the end of the season. He’s expected to compete for a starting job in Spring Training.”


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Castillo has a similar energy level to Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig, one team representative told Gammons, adding: “He has a lot of fun. This could be an interesting bidding war.”

According to Gammons, the Phillies already held a private workout for Castillo, who is expected to hold similar meetings with the Yankees, Astros, Red Sox and other interested teams.

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The early buzz in baseball indicates 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). However, Castillo’s decision could ultimately come down to who gives him the most years on the deal. For instance, while Puig got a seven-year commitment, and Jose Abreu got six, Yoenis Cespedes only signed a four-year deal.

People in baseball had been saying Castillo can perform between a Brett Garnder and Endy Chavez level of production, maybe Jacoby Ellsbury, but not Abreu or Cespedes. They said he’s going to hit more doubles, steal more bases, hit fewer home runs and that prediction hasn’t changed much since his public showcase. He’s a little guy, they say, with a long, level swing.

I’m not sure how this type of player fits in with the Mets, who seem to want to acquire power more than speed. But, in this era of so few impact hitters, I think you should take advantage of whatever you chance get, regardless of how it happens, especially if he’s capable of playing shortstop, as some reports indicate he is willing to do.




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Daniel Wexler
Daniel Wexler

“He was really good,” a GM told Gammons. “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.”

People in baseball had been saying Castillo can perform between a Brett Garnder and Endy Chavez level of production, maybe Jacoby Ellsbury, but not Abreu or Cespedes.

Not Cespedes? You mean a guy who has averaged... 22 homers and 9 steals?

David Lopez
David Lopez

I've grown so skeptical of this ownership's ability to spend any money that it makes me question whether the Wilpons have the resources to retain Harvey, Wheeler, Degrom, Syndergaard, or any of the talent coming through farm system.

I no longer expect the Wipons to be players in free-agency or field a team with a 100 million dollar payroll.

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

mets want Tomas. should come less than Castillo with more power. not as much of a hitter, but will bring the boom and is younger and can be made better. Tomas can hit 5, this guy is going for over 10m and is signing now, mets have no budget until offseason.

pcshea
pcshea

I myself had a typical 'Met's fan' reaction.

First thought: Seems like a quality outfielder, at a high price, still would be nice to have.

Second thought: Capable of playing SS? Give the man a pen and let's ink out a contract!

John Connolly
John Connolly

why do we always talk down talent, met cheapskates in here excuses not to bring in talent all the time no trade or prospects needed to get theses guys just go get the talent do we have a salary cap come on man bring in the talent all these small market teams signing them cause of tv money coming down line what we are gona use it to pay off citi field or other fred loans

grillruben
grillruben

We NEED to sign this guy!!!!! This is such a no brainier. We need a leadoff hitter desperately! These Cuban players have all been fantastic. You sign him, put him in LF, then you trade for Starlin Castro.


Castillo

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p8erbaghad
p8erbaghad

"People in baseball had been saying Castillo can perform between a Brett Garnder and Endy Chavez level of production, maybe Jacoby Ellsbury, but not Abreu or Cespedes."

When has Cespedes performed at Ellsbury's level.  Did I go into a coma for a few years and missed Cespedes 30/30 season?  Who are these people in baseball Matt?

Nick Antinarella
Nick Antinarella

In a perfect world, I think (or hope) Sandy’s approach is to go after a guy like Castillo for our OF. He’s young and shows great potential. IF you can sign him, you’ve got a guy that has a good OBP and hits doubles. The next piece to that puzzle would be trading for Tulo this offseason, which is your power bat to go along with Wright, Grandy and Duda. Those four power bats (Duda, Tulo, Grandy and Wright) coupled with the potential of Castillo and DFA would make for a great line up, not to mention any other potential FA’s you may be able to sign.

That’s what I would try for anyway. Then again, I was huge on Abreu, so I’m not always right….wait, yes I am.

hashburry
hashburry

It's funny that Andrew posts the most obvious question under these posts that in fact is totally unnecessary because everyone is here to post their opinion/rant for exactly that answer.

hashburry
hashburry

It's funny.  Think about how this site would blow up if all of a sudden, out of nowhere, they signed him.  Just saying, when is the last time the Mets did something that seriously came out of left field (no pun intended) and energized the fan base?  I would have to say the Santana trade.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Whats that Fred?..offer him'' 4 years 15 mill?''LOL

hashburry
hashburry

Maybe he's one of the 22 dwarves Alderson mentioned.

Ricky Gurbal
Ricky Gurbal

GUYS lets just do this


offseason comes around we send Montero and maybe a midlevel prospect for jose inglesias from the detriot tigers im sure they would love the pitching depth and they have a kid they like ever more than inglesias now. Trade for jose when hes at his lowest point trade value wise he'll recover back next season and 2015 playoffs here we come! 


anyone oppose?

baldy
baldy

Who's Brett Garnder?

vimets
vimets

If the Mets were to sign him, what happens to Lagares?

Dennis Oilman
Dennis Oilman

Mets would be interested if he would take $0 for five years

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

Can we get an article on the other Cuban player, Tomas?

nym68
nym68

I love listening to callers parrot the hosts on WFAN. Jody Mac says the Mets should consider the just traded Cabrerra for SS next year....a caller calls up and says that he thinks the Mets should sign Canberra to play SS next season. It's beyond pathetic at times. Far, far beyond pathetic at times

Has anyone read why we wouldn't consider him to play SS?

The stuff I read here and elsewhere said that he looked fine at SS and could probably play there in the MLB but was being considered more for OF. 
The Mets want power in the OF so why not consider Rusney's speed and athleticism at SS?

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

Try him out in the lead off spot, which allows the Mets to drop Granderson some where around 6/7 hole. Lengthening the line up would be great move moving forward. I'd also like to see Wright move back in into the 4/5 hole. I have a feeling Wright would have success there. Murph looked great in the 3 hole when Wright went down.

Rimo Chaloney
Rimo Chaloney

I live in Phillies territory and there is a lot of talk that the Phillies are going to go hard after Castillo.  Ruben Amaro, Jr is under a lot of fire and I could see them signing him, to take some of the criticism off himself.  But on the other hand they do have a lot of money committed to their roster over the next couple seasons.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Just a question, Can Castillo prove he is only 26 y/o?  . . We have seen in the past some Cuban players lied about the age to get a better contract.

sylow59
sylow59

if the Mets sign him they're stupid.  If they don't they're stupid.  Win win.  Gotta love it.

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

""Bidding war could reach as much as $50 million,which is already chasing some teams away"

Wonder which one of those teams could be....

This guy for sure is intreging,I like what I've seen and heard of him already.o

Tomas interests me a lot also,wonder if the Mets bother going after either?I'm hoping so but,not holding my breath whatsoever.These guys might be a little "too much"for the ultra conservative Alderson,god forbid we have some exciting guys that are a little wild and like to have fun.

Kimberly Edwards
Kimberly Edwards

The Mets don't have luck in recent history with the last name Castillo. :)

sarcastico
sarcastico

The Mets should sign him. Realistically he's the only way the Mets can add a real bat without giving up a good pitcher in the foreseeable future.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

I know nothing about him other than what has been reported about the scouts saying but from what we have heard it sounds like the Mets should sign this kid.  If Duda turns into the power bat he has been over the past month than the Mets don't need a 30-40 HR hitter.  They need more speed.  This kid would fill the OF hole and the only other thing the Mets would need to focus on would be SS.  

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Back in the 60s and 70s, there was OF Jimmy Wynn (The Toy Cannon). He was only 5'10" and 170. He had 285 2Bs, 291 HRs and 225 ABs.

11gilkey
11gilkey

If the Mets sign this guy, he'll end up being the Kaz Matsui of Cuba. That's the pessimist in me.  They should still go after him but I bet the odds of the Mets signing this guy are close to zero. 

John Connolly
John Connolly

@Joseph Garofola  Maybe the next big free agent mets wil sign Nick Evans that's a big signing for them, Sandy then can say we wil win 91  games  also y sign Castillo we have the great chris young

pcshea
pcshea

I agree with signing Rusney Castillo only because he can play 2B and SS. Starlin Castro is a terrible defensive ballplayer, and it would be a horrifying reality if he was on our roster.

David Lopez
David Lopez

Fred and Jeff don't believe in energizing the fan base. Their specialty is in robbing us blind.

Those clowns have no honor or shame.

elcondor
elcondor

Agree, I mentioned trading for Jose Inglesias a few weeks ago as he heals from his double stress fracture. I believe the Suarez kid is not as highly rated as Jose and that the Tigers are looking forward to Jose's return

metstastic
metstastic

We need a corner OF power bat... not another Lagares!

hankypanky
hankypanky

I think the proper phrase is 'lose-lose.'

hankypanky
hankypanky

How about we have some guys who never played in the majors and are mediocre, at best?

illnagas
illnagas

Yeah I think the Cuban free agent market is becoming en vogue

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

I can't believe someone even posted this... Whenever there's a chance to get a 30-40 HR hitter you do it. Duda has a had a hot month. That doesn't mean we give up on getting a power bat cause Duda is our guy

gotbeliev
gotbeliev

@citifield  you can see him you know nothing about the guy... then when he fails ull say wtf is wrong with our gm for signing this guy... and they say hes gotta play minors first

jamets
jamets

@sjm25 The point is, Ellsbury level is higher than Cespedes's.  So how can he perform at Ellsbury level but not Cespedes level?

methead
methead

@sjm25 and may I add, Ellsbury had 1 star season.  ONE.    Not saying he isnt good just not saying he is the level superstar people paint him to be.

hashburry
hashburry

@kefhrny17 Where exactly is there a 30 HR guy available?  There are only going to be about 10 of them in all of baseball this year, so this discussion is moot.

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

Or we can just sign both. Were so hesitant on giving up prospects but we wanna compete sign both and there's our left and Center fielder. Let's be honest, Lagares plays some great defense but he hasn't exactly been setting the world on fire plus at this point he is considered injury prone