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.
“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.
Matthew 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.