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Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo declared free agent, repped by Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports

Jun 7, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo defected earlier this year and Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the 26-year-old has been declared a free agent by MLB and will be represented stateside by Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

Known for his plus-speed, Castillo checks in at 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds and hits from the right side of the plate. Badler writes that scouts don’t expect him to have the impact of Yasiel Puig or Yoenis Cespedes in the majors and that there’s a question of whether he’ll be an everyday player or a fourth outfielder. Still, he should generate plenty of interest.

Because Castillo played five years in Cuba’s top professional league, he will be exempt from MLB’s international spending cap. The Cuban market has become quite lucrative in recent years, so it’s a smart play for Roc Nation to get involved, even if Castillo isn’t expected to be a star in MLB.

  1. willyssox - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    The Red Sox had better get in on this kid because they havent been able to trade for a RHH Outfielder.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/06/05/red-sox-prospect-mookie-betts-calmly-succeeds-every-level/Dznk0U6bjOo1vQFBpXAmQI/story.html

    • mmeyer3387 - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      They said that Castillo not be an everyday player, if this is true, his value would be a lot less than Puig and Cespedes. The Red Sox or who ever wants him better do their home work, he may be an over priced bust. I wouldn’t get in a bedding war for someone that may not be a everyday player.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        can’t say things that make sense on here… they’ll thumb ya down 8 days a week if what you say is spot on…

        well said.

  2. historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Whew. The People’s Athleticwear needs to work on that uniform. Apparently, they saved some money repurposing leftover soccer shorts into sleeves. It’s a good thing the Cuban futbol team didn’t qualify for the Cup or they might be wearing old stirrups. Welcome to uniform hegemony, Castillo.

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