Apr 18, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; A general view of practice baseballs before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
With another big-time Cuban prospect on the free agent market, the Chicago White Sox are one of many MLB teams that are interested in signing Rusney Castillo.
Ben Badler of Baseball America wrote the following on the Castillo sweepstakes, as posted by MLB Trade Rumors:
"“While the White Sox are very well-versed in the Cuban market — as evidenced by the presence of Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo on their roster — the presence of countrymen on their roster won’t influence Castillo, Badler hears. His decision will come down to financial terms.”"
Two days ago, Walter Villa of Baseball America wrote:
"“While Castillo did take live batting practice, he did so against a pitcher who recently graduated from a Division II college and went undrafted …In general, though, Castillo looked fast. But how fast is open to interpretation, too, and we’ll have more on that later.“Castillo took fly balls in right and center, although scouts indicated his arm plays more to center or even left. (Castillo said his preferred position is center.).”"
To read a fully detailed article by Baseball America’s Villa on the day, click here.
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This signing will be very interesting in seeing who eventually ends up with him. If the White Sox do, well, then we’ll know he could be a solid player hopefully, as their past track record with Abreu and Ramirez helps that argument.
The White Sox could use another outfielder on their roster, one who could make a difference in the batting order and on defense as well.
I don’t know how interested the White Sox are, but whomever ends up with Castillo seems to be getting a very nice player.