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Report: Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo is “moving quickly” toward signing with a team

Aug 18, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

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28 teams reportedly attended a showcase for Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo late last month and now Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that he’s “moving quickly” toward a decision on where to sign.

George A. King III of the New Yost Post hears from several teams with interest in Castillo that the Phillies are viewed as the favorite. However, there’s no consensus on a front-runner and Jim Salisbury of was told by industry sources that they are not considered a top candidate to sign him. The 27-year-old has had a private workout with Philadelphia, as well as the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, and Cubs.

Listed at 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, Castillo is known for his plus-speed. Most view him as an outfielder, but he also worked out at shortstop during his recent showcase. While he’s not expected to have the upside of Yasiel Puig, there’s speculation that he could receive a contract that rivals the seven-year, $42 million deal that Puig signed with the Dodgers after coming over from Cuba.

  1. chill1184 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    This is the kid who pulled an SUV right?

    • dondada10 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      For a second there I thought you said he pulled an SVU. I was worried because in the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        dun dun

  2. doctortyler - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    If he was another decade older, I’d say the Phillies would be the front runners. Even then, they still could be the front runners. Instead of a five year deal, however, it’s probably a ten year, $200 million deal.

    God, being a Phillies fan sucks…

  3. dondada10 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Too bad the small market Mets can’t get in on him. Shame because they could really use a leadoff hitter and a leftfielder.

  4. mungman69 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    If he can’t play Rubin will take him.

  5. udkidd - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    The Phillies have no money cause they still have it tied up with 35-36 year olds.

  6. kabukiman7 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Theo & Jed will sign him to a similar deal given to Jorge Soler, they can grow & Shine together patrolling the OF in Wrigley!! Cubs 100% all in!!

  7. gloccamorra - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    What if he’s a true socialist Cuban and doesn’t care about the money? He’d be most comfortable in a place where there are a lot of Spanish speakers, and maybe a few Cuban emigres, no? Miami!

    • stex52 - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Yeah, that’s why he came to the US. He’s a true socialist who doesn’t care about money. Makes sense to me.

      • genericcommenter - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        But people are always telling me on the internet about how socialistic of a country we are becoming-after being a free market utopia the entire history of our country up until 2009.

  8. 76ersdoubletank - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    So he’s not as good as Puig, but according to reports will still get around the same type of money…Hm…sounds like an overpay. I don’t like players who are purely speed players, because you have to have some power in today’s game to be a difference maker. Or else you’re Ben Revere.

    How about a Revere/Castillo OF next year for the Phillies? If that happens, they will petition the league to play all of their games in Williamsport. Bombs away.

  9. kastout11 - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I think he would be a perfect fit for the young and up and coming Cubs. If he signs in Chicago, they will have the #1 offense in the National League next year, omit the Rockies and Coors Field. Just look at the Cubs probable line-up next year. It is scary.

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