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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rusney Castillo rumors: Decision imminent for Cuban outfielder

With concerns about calcium, shouldn’t he think about heading to Milwaukee?

Praise has been far from faint for Rusney Castillo, who is considered to be the latest in a long string of impact players imported from Cuba. The highly regarded 27-year-old outfielder seems to be nearing a decision on where he will play, as Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald and ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes report that Castillo is expected to “declare his intentions any day now.”...

Castillo should be in line for an impressive payday, though it’s unlikely that he receives as much as Jose Abreu got from the White Sox last offseason. Represented by Roc Nation Sports, Castillo was said to originally be in line for a $25-$35 million deal, but it now looks like he will outdo the $42 million that Yasiel Puig got from the Dodgers a couple years ago. According to Peter Gammons, he is now looking at a deal between $40 and $70 million, while FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi pegs him as receiving something around six years and ~$50 million….

There seems to be a long line of suitors for Castillo, though the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Phillies, and Cubs seem to be leading the pack. ...

Those five clubs are far from alone in their pursuit of Castillo. The Mariners, Orioles, Giants, Astros, Blue Jays, White Sox, and Braves have also all been mentioned as potential suitors, and could wind up nabbing him when his decision is announced, likely within the next few days.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cuba, cuban baseball, cubs, free agents, phillies, red sox, rusney castillo, tigers, yankees

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   1. The District Attorney Posted: August 19, 2014 at 12:50 PM (#4774571)
Represented by Roc Nation Sports
Here's the video they made.
   2. JRVJ Posted: August 19, 2014 at 02:18 PM (#4774660)
This guy is going to make a lot of money.
   3. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 19, 2014 at 02:31 PM (#4774675)
he certainly looks impressive in that video. Kind of an awkward swing, but it looks like he has a quick bat.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 19, 2014 at 02:47 PM (#4774687)
Seems more like gap power. I don't see a 5'9' guy having much home run power. But he can fly. Kauffman Stadium would be perfect for him. Spray the ball around, hit triples, be a ballhawk out there. But I don't see the Royals going after him.

I can't help but wonder if the Red Sox getting Cespedes is part of the recruitment of Castillo? Start a Little Havana in New England?
   5. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: August 19, 2014 at 03:02 PM (#4774701)
The Cubs have money and need OF help but signing him could mean Alcantara doesn't have a place to play (probably doesn't project to hit well enough for LF). If Castillo became a Cub it would be another interesting dilemma to add to Castro/Russell. It would also "block" Almora who remains highly regarded despite a wretched 2014 minor league season.

By midseason next year, Chicago could have the following lineup:

C - Wellington Castillo
1B - Rizzo
2B - Baez
3B - Bryant
SS - Castro/Russell
LF - Alcantara
CF - Castillo
RF - Soler

If Russell takes Castro's place that list only has two guys who were on the MLB roster to start 2014 despite adding zero FAs to the lineup in the 2014/2015 offseason.
   6. Der-K should've known better than to fly on AA. Posted: August 19, 2014 at 03:35 PM (#4774734)
Note: this guy didn't actually hit all that well in Cuba.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 19, 2014 at 03:59 PM (#4774752)
Do they have inflated stats? This says he hit .319/.383/.516 in 360 games. I'll take Cuban stats with a grain of salt, but that doesn't seem bad unless the hitting environment is like college baseball.
   8. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: August 19, 2014 at 04:05 PM (#4774758)
Cespedes hovered around a 1.050 OPS in Cuba. The issue with Castillo is that his last year there (60 some games) he was pretty mediocre with an OPS around .800. In MLB terms my wild guess is that's something more like a .650 or .700 OPS which would be pretty rough. OTOH, his defense looks pretty decent from what I've read.
   9. There's a bustle in Misirlou's hedgerow Posted: August 19, 2014 at 04:06 PM (#4774760)
By midseason next year, Chicago could have the following lineup:

C - Wellington Castillo
1B - Rizzo
2B - Baez
3B - Bryant
SS - Castro/Russell
LF - Alcantara
CF - Castillo
RF - Soler

If Russell takes Castro's place that list only has two guys who were on the MLB roster to start 2014 despite adding zero FAs to the lineup in the 2014/2015 offseason.


3 guys.
   10. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: August 19, 2014 at 04:10 PM (#4774762)
Who besides Rizzo and W. Castillo? I didn't really clarify but I was thinking of the 25, not the 40.
   11. McCoy Posted: August 19, 2014 at 05:30 PM (#4774858)
In all fairness most of the guys on the opening day roster for the Cubs shouldn't have been on the opening day roster.
   12. There's a bustle in Misirlou's hedgerow Posted: August 19, 2014 at 05:35 PM (#4774861)
Sorry. I missed the "if Russell replaces castro" part.
   13. Joe Kehoskie Posted: August 19, 2014 at 05:36 PM (#4774863)

The apparent feeding frenzy over Rusney Castillo shows that MLB teams haven't learned much over the past 20 years.

Any GM who's bidding $30-plus million for Castillo after refusing to bid $70M for Jose Dariel Abreu should be shot fired.
   14. Meatwad Posted: August 19, 2014 at 06:09 PM (#4774875)
I may be misremembering this but wasnt solar thought to be the equal if not slightly better than puig when they both signed?
   15. Howie Menckel Posted: August 19, 2014 at 06:20 PM (#4774879)

I like the Mets to be Heyman's "mystery team" before it's all said and done.
   16. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: August 19, 2014 at 06:23 PM (#4774881)
I'll take Cuban stats with a grain of salt, but that doesn't seem bad unless the hitting environment is like college baseball.


I've read somewhere that the overall (mean average) caliber of play is thought to be around A ball quality, assuming that you'd still need to know league run context, 319/.383/.516 would be impressive in the FSL, it wouldn't be in the California league
   17. zack Posted: August 19, 2014 at 06:25 PM (#4774882)
Seems more like gap power. I don't see a 5'9' guy having much home run power

5'9", 205lbs isn't your average 5'9". (And, as I always enjoy with guys like this, BMI puts him in the "obese" range).

I'm no scout, but on first view his swing seemed off to me, but watching again I don't know what I saw. It might've just been that he was reaching out over the plate, but if he can go oppo that's not a bad thing necessarily.

Would he be the oldest Cuban hitter to in terms of start age in the US?
   18. dr. scott Posted: August 19, 2014 at 07:42 PM (#4774922)
i used to be 5'9 205lb, and I wasn't that impressive... I'm now 5'8 and 1/2 and 164. Apparently that half an inch was really heavy.
   19. Spahn Insane, weapons grade plum Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:13 PM (#4774932)
So you lost the right half-inch, then.
   20. toratoratora Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:18 PM (#4774977)
Any GM who's bidding $30-plus million for Castillo after refusing to bid $70M for Jose Dariel Abreu should be shot fired.

True this. Abreau put up mondo impressive stats in Cuba. He was quite clearly the best power hitter on the island. Based on what Cespedes and Puig had done already in MLB, Abreau was a relatively safe bet. Castillo-not so much.
I don't see a 5'9' guy having much home run power

Listed at 5-10, The Toy Cannon disagrees.5'8 Kirby Puckett had some pretty good pop.
Reaching back further, 5'6, 190 pound, bandy legged with an upper body built like a barrel (Somewhat similar to Kirby now that I think of it), Hack Wilson also differs.
   21. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 20, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4775660)
Supposedly its down to San Fran, Boston, and Detroit.

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