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Yankees Rumors: Rusney Castillo to Hold Private Workout with New York on Friday

July 28th, 2014 at 9:17 PM
By Michael Moraitis

UPDATE: Monday, August 4 at 1:00 p.m. ET

An official date has been given for the Yanks workout of Cuban outfielder, Rusney Castillo, according to George A. King III of the New York Post:

Rusney Castillo, a Cuban defector who is clear to sign with any MLB club as a free agent, will conduct a private workout for the Yankees on Friday in Tampa.

Should the Yankees make a play for Castillo, he can be signed right away and could contribute to the team in 2014. Aside from playing the outfield, Castillo also has experience as a shortstop.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 29 at 2:30 p.m. ET

Ben Badler of Baseball America is reporting the Yankees have indeed setup a private workout with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, although the exact date and time of the meeting isn't clear:

According to conversations with several sources, Castillo has private showcases scheduled with at least three teams: the Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies.

Castillo has already worked out for the Phillies on Tuesday, and it is know that the Red Sox will have him in on Friday. The Yankees should have their workout with Castillo shortly after that, which will be taking another step in the direction of signing the 27-year-old.

From all indications, Castillo looks to be a promising and talented player who could make a nice major league impact for the team that signs him. The outfielder also plays some shortstop, so he could be signed to play any position.

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Original Text

The New York Yankees will continue to take a look at Cuban-born outfielder Rusney Castillo, with a private workout in the process of being hammered out by the two sides.

Castillo originally worked out this past Saturday in Alex Rodriguez Stadium at the University of Miami and several teams were on-hand to watch.

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com is now reporting that the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies have scheduled a private workout for Castillo. The Yankees are in the process of doing the same, as well as other teams:

Depending upon who you ask, Castillo was either pretty good to very impressive during his workout. The Roc Nation Sports client has been compared to Brett Gardner, only with a bit more pop and a great line-drive stroke.

Castillo's speed translates well to the outfield where he's a center fielder, but he also has the ability to play shortstop. If needed, he could play either corner outfield spot with some work. The Yankees could be looking for a new outfielder in 2015 with Ichiro Suzuki seemingly on his way out the door and Carlos Beltran getting up there in age.

Castillo would be a nice fit if his scouting report comes to fruition.

Granted, he doesn't have a lot of power for a corner outfield spot, but his speed would give the Yanks one of the best defensive outfields in baseball when combined with Gardner and Jacoby Ellsburythat's a lot of ground being covered on a daily basis.

At 27, Castillo would add some much-needed youth to an aging roster. Castillo could end up being both an immediate upgrade and a long-term solution all in one shot.

Seeing as how there has been a major influx of Cuban players in recent years, it's just a matter of time before the Yanks get their hands on one. It seems that at the very least the Yanks are intrigued by Castillo, who could also be a potential solution for replacing Derek Jeter if his skills in the field at short are good enough.

That remains to be seen, but stay tuned for what comes next as things could move quickly and Castillo may be signed some time in the next few weeks.

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