Rusney Castillo can sign a deal at any time

Cuban OF Rusney Castillo has all the proper paperwork and can now sign with any team at any time (Rosenthal, Aug. 2).

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


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“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, 26, 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).

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.


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: 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 >> Read more.




68 comments
Michael Portanova
Michael Portanova

And put this guy in left and flores at short and then you keep all your pitching and save a little cash for when you have to pay all those guys

moeb
moeb

yasmani tomas is our guy

Damon Evans
Damon Evans

It's funny that someone actually said the Mets shouldn't sign him...dummies. This team needs all the help they can get.

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

Mets need this guy playing field for them. Trade for a shortstop during the winter. With the rising of Nimmo, I wonder what is going to happen with Granderson

Doubleday
Doubleday

Wilpon may not have the $$$ to land him, but the Mets should at least be in the conversation.

SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

Of course, with our luck, he'd be the one Cuban player who ended up sucking.

SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

I'm sure we can't afford him, but he would be great for us. We need a leadoff hitter. This guy can steal a base, which we've been lacking. Plus he's got power. He really fits our needs. Put him in right field at the spacious Citi because you need someone out there who can cover a lot of ground. And that allows you to move Granderson's weak arm to left.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Castillo bid as high as $50 Mil....The Mets are not among the bidding teams.

xplr
xplr

If it comes down to years or money, you can count us out. The Mets are mainly interested in prospects and guys they can pick up at the league minimum.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Bottom line is that he never played in the majors. He's a gamble, Cuban or not.

rico
rico

OT:  The Cubs have just called up their hot SS prospect Baez.



spelletrader
spelletrader

I'm not sold on this guy. Pass on this one and pursue Tomas as soon as he becomes legally available.

Michael Mee
Michael Mee

I imagine the Mets will continue to stay away from these bidding wars on these Cuban players. As I agree they should. 

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Sandy..''4 yrs 18 million''... Castillo..''.Is that your final offer?''....HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!..HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

As great as Lagares is in CF, I'm having some problems believing his bat can develop to even be close to league average at the position.  He absolutely deserves to play every day with the current team, but they should absolutely explore Castillo and figure out if he's worth a bid.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

he can be taught LF if he can hit we will find him a job

joe21
joe21

Not for nothing, but did anyone actually the highlight film his agents put together? The offensive section showed two hard singles, a line out to SS and a deep fly ball tracked down by the CF and the speed portion showed two bunts, one of which he didn't beat out. Scouts liked him, but is that the best you could come up with to sell skills?

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

I'm going to guess the bidding will go even higher. Given the recent success of Cuban sluggers the "bargain" label may be disappearing on them. Still, I'd love to see the Mets get in on Castillo and Tomas (when he becomes available in several months).

pcshea
pcshea

Yasmani Tomas (23 yrs. - OF) will likely be the Cuban defector that the Mets are going to take a more serious look at this winter. But I'd be game to live a little and toss our whole entire OF, with the exception of Lugares as a def. option, to see Nimmo, Castillo, and Tomas play the field in 2015.

Bob Higgins
Bob Higgins

The word money scared Mets and ownership away !

hankypanky
hankypanky

Why is this news on this blog? One can always argue that major league doings are of interest, though.

John Schod
John Schod

@SomeHighSchoolKid  That will be a good thing, because you know we won't be signing him if there are any other teams involved in the bidding! Unfortunately.


As you know, we signed the wrong Abreu!!

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

You're right on the money! And we dont give up anybody!

mets1973
mets1973

@Haig Mathosian A line drive hitter would actually be ideal for Citifield. He would hit them up those spacious alleys and run and run.

rico
rico

@Haig Mathosian Hey Keith Hernandez  was a "line-drive" hitter, Pete Rose, Paul  O Neil were a line-drive hitters…Ted Williams was even a "line drive hitter"…


I'm not making a case for Rusney, but I will make a case for "Line Drive Hitters"

SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

I like Lagares as an 8 hitter in the future. His average is 3rd on the team, so he isn't lost out there.

rico
rico

@Tom Gallagher Yankees and Phillies, Angels desperately need to get younger and both those teams have deep pockets.  Look for the Yanks to go for one or both of these guys

rico
rico

@mustang66 bring in the cuban community?  if the mets were going to pander to ethnic communities, why didn't they  sign Choo  who reflects the huge Korean community right in Flushing? I'm glad they didn't because Shin Chin isn't worth the 100mill y'all wanted to pay him last winter.


It's easy for us to spend the teams money, but hard for us to live with the fact that the checkbook is limited.  



Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@mustang66  When Tomas is eligible to sign late this year/early next year it'll likely be for more than $50 million over 5. That being said, I'd still love to see us nab them both.

rico
rico

@John Schod @SomeHighSchoolKid Yes and no, yeah our Abreu is washed up but did you see the young Cuban Abreu's stats next to Duda's?   On paper we got the better guy and for cheap, and he came from our system.  


If Duda's #'s are better than Abreu (with the white sox) at a fraction of the $ , home grown talent, why are you lamented not signing the new Abreau?


Typical whiney fan who whines first thinks …??

rico
rico

@John Schod @SomeHighSchoolKid We signed the young Cuban (projected pitcher Star) Alay Solar and  power hitter Jorge Toca.  (back around 2006)…both SUCKED! 



BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

How much of that is based on baserunning and positional adjustment?  In other words, will his oWAR stay relatively the same if his numbers are slightly worse then this year?  I'd hope this is as bad as it gets with him, but who knows.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Bottom line is he never played in the majors. Cuban or not, he's a gamble.

pcshea
pcshea

I agree that there is no safer way. In the grand scheme of things they are both young, proven international talents with a relatively cheap price tag. I wouldn't be afraid to sign either of them long term. In a time where quality bats are at a premium, this is the way to go.

rico
rico

@Bob Higgins @Tom Gallagher yeah but he's unproven in Cuba, which means unproven everywhere.


The other recent t cubans MLB phenoms at least were important players in Cuba. You want to drop 50+ million on a player who's simply a prospect?  And if he underperforms are you ok with living with his bad contract (like Bay) until it ends, and not signing a replacement?


I'd say it's a hard call, and not in line when how the Mets acquire players since the crash.

Darwin Hernandez
Darwin Hernandez

@Tom Gallagher @mustang66 I agree that Tomas is the better player but for that same reason he will be too expensive for us. Our best chance is with this kid. I read somewhere that he can hold a glove a SS. If so then why isn't he in Queens yet?

John Schod
John Schod

@rico  Whose numbers are the same? Maybe you should pull out your abacus!

SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

Yeah but how are Duda's numbers better? Duda: 20 HR, 61 RBI, .261 AVG. Abreu: 31 HR, 84 RBI, .304 AVG.