The Mets were among several teams to attend Castillo’s workout in Miami last Saturday.
“He was really good,” a GM told Peter Gammons after the workout (Gammons Daily, Aug. 1). “He showed everything – power, speed, defensive ability. He hasn’t been a big performer in Cuba, but he looks like he could be really interesting. My guess is a 20-HR, 30-steal center fielder, who might be able to play second base. He’s a free swinger, but that can improve.”
Castillo, 26, is 5’9″, 185 pounds, a right-handed hitter with a line-drive stroke and plus-plus speed, according to Ben Badler (Baseball America, July 20).
According to Gammons, the Phillies already held a private workout for Castillo, who is expected to hold similar meetings with the Yankees, Astros, Red Sox and other interested teams.
Matthew Cerrone: The early buzz in baseball indicates Castillo’s bidding could get up to as high as $50 million, which is already chasing some teams away, such as the Twins (Sanchez, July 29).