The Rusney Castillo Sweepstakes

The Rusney Castillo Sweepstakes

Here’s an interesting bit of news:

 

You may recall that Rusney Castillo defected from Cuba and because of a bunch of residency rules, has to do a lot of paperwork before he can sign with a major league club. Well, that hurdle has been cleared.  You can read about Rusney and his profile here, and also recall that he had his workout last weekend in front of most of MLB (apparently only two clubs didn’t show up) and the Cubs were represented as well.

  • The Cubs had five scouts in attendance at Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo‘s showcase, GM Jed Hoyer tells Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (Twitter link). Castillo’s name continues to generate buzz, and some believe he could fetch a contract similar to that of Yoenis Cespedes or Yasiel Puig.

Brett at Bleacher Nation has several links that suggest the Cubs are working hard to land a private workout with Rusney.  With the Cubs seemingly overflowing with money (relatively speaking, anyway), I did suggest earlier that they may use some of it to bolster their outfield corps even if Jorge Soler is able to make the team out of spring training.  Here’s the relevant line:

  • Outfielder = $12-15MM (one QO guy)

The idea was to try to snag one of the upcoming Blue Jays free agents, Melky Cabrera or Colby Rasmus.  However, if the Cubs want to keep their draft pick, Rusney Castillo seems like a good bet to get around that same amount of money (probably less, but who knows?) and he won’t cost a draft pick, just the money.  With the paperwork done and him ready to sign, if the Cubs’ scouts saw enough, they might not even need a workout, they might just throw the money at him and let him start playing.  Let’s keep an eye on this one!

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