Following his public workout on Saturday, Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo is now going on some one-on-one dates.
According to multiple reports, the 27-year-old outfielder is expected to work out for the Orioles, Phillies, Red Sox, and Yankees in the coming days. The four were among the most represented teams at Castillo’s Saturday showcase, and can rightly be expected to be involved in any bidding. Ben Badler mentions that Castillo could still sign very soon (limiting the number of private workouts) if there’s a team looking to pick him up for impact in August and September (though Jesse Sanchez cautions most see Castillo starting his pro career in the minors). Interestingly, of those four teams mentioned above, two are long out of the race (but are large market teams with lots of cash).
As for the Cubs, Badler confirms that they had a “team of evaluators” present on Saturday to watch Castillo, and they are mentioned among the possible teams in on Castillo by industry sources. Before you take that too far, understand that there are many, many teams that fit that bill, too.
We’ll probably hear more on Castillo throughout the week, and I could see him signing soon after the Trade Deadline (perhaps hoping to bank a little extra from a team that missed out on a deadline upgrade, or that saw a competitor get better). For now, your Cubs-related-interest status is probably something like: involved, but not yet known to be aggressive.
Something to keep in mind as we follow the Castillo pursuit, 23-year-old outfielder Yasmani Tomas is still working his way toward free agency:
Source tells me Yasmani Tomas recently filed residency paperwork & has started process to becoming a free agent, @nathan0223. Takes time.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) July 28, 2014