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Rusney Castillo | Outfielder

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/9/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Cubs, White Sox, Braves and Giants are among the teams known to be interested in Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.
The 27-year-old will have a showcase for all interested teams in Miami on July 26. The speedy outfielder could see time in the major leagues before the end of the season, though trying to stash him in redraft fantasy leagues at this point is unlikely to be worth it. Jul 19 - 10:46 AM

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Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will have a showcase for potentially interested teams on July 26 in Miami.

Castillo, who is represented by Roc Nation Sports, was officially declared a free agent by Major League Baseball in early June. The 27-year-old speedster profiles as a center fielder and potential leadoff man and could potentially be a key addition for a team in the second half.
Jul 16 - 10:18 AM

Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo is expected to hold a showcase for major league teams next week.

Castillo, who turned 27 earlier this month, was officially declared a free agent by Major League Baseball in early June. Badler believes the speedy outfielder could potentially be a key second-half addition to a team. Castillo profiles as a center fielder and potential leadoff man.
Jun 30 - 7:47 PM

Cuban defector Rusney Castillo has acquired Haitian permanent resident papers and been cleared by U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and he has now been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball.

Perhaps the most interesting development is that the 26-year old outfielder will be represented by Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports. The 5'9" Castillo lacks the power of other recent Cuban defectors, but is a good defensive center fielder who profiles has a speedy top of the order type. He can be signed by any major league team, and should require a year in the minor leagues to get back into playing shape.
Jun 7 - 9:56 AM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles will scout Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo this weekend in the Dominican Republic.

Castillo, 26, still needs to be cleared by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control before he can sign with anyone, but teams are still allowed to watch him work out. The Dodgers are another club that's known to have scouted the outfielder. Castillo is a speedy center fielder that could blossom into a leadoff hitter.
Feb 3 - 1:56 PM

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti attended the private workout of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America.

The 26-year-old Castillo still isn't considered a free agent by MLB, so Colletti's attendance was strictly informational. He's expected to draw interest from more teams than the Dodgers when he is eligible to sign with a team. The Dodgers' history of paying international free agents suggests they could be players for the infielder in the future if they like what they see.
Jan 22 - 10:23 PM

Rusney Castillo, a 26-year-old center fielder, has defected from Cuba and will pursue a big league contract, reports Baseball America.

Castillo is exempt from the international signing bonus pools because he's played five seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional. Don't expect the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder to sign immediately, however, because he needs to establish residency in another country before MLB will declare him a free agent and the U.S. government will clear him to sign. Castillo is one of the better base stealers in Cuba, according to Baseball America, and can also handle second and third base defensively. The high-energy player was suspended from Serie Nacional before he abandoned Cuba, likely because of previous plans to defect. Some scouts view him as a fourth outfielder, while others see an aggressive future spark plug in center.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 11:09:00 AM

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