Report: Cuban OF Castillo close to choosing MLB team

Report: Cuban OF Castillo close to choosing MLB team
August 20, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, who has been targeted by the Red Sox among several major league teams, could decide as soon as the end of the week which team's offer he'll accept, according to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford.

CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that Castillo could be inserted into the pennant race right away if he lands with the Giants or Tigers, who, along with the Red Sox, are among seven teams that are the leading candidates to land him. Heyman reports the Phillies, Mariners, Yankees and Cubs are also in the mix. Players must be on an active roster by Sept. 1 to be eligible for the postseason.

The Red Sox held a private workout Aug. 1 for the 27-year-old, who his 5-9, 185 pounds. He bats and throws right-handed.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told Bradford: “He’€™s a player we’€™ve seen and we’€™ve talked to, but we’€™re just one of several teams that have done that. There’€™s nothing more I can say.”

Red Sox outfielder and fellow Cuban defector Yasiel Puig also told Bradford: “If he’€™€™s not a five-tool player, he’€™€™s a least a four-tool player. He’€™€™s very comparable to [Dodgers Cuban outfielder Yasiel] Puig. Obviously a different height and size, but very similar qualities.”