According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the San Francisco Giants are one of three contenders to sign free-agent Cuban outfielder, Rusney Castillo — the other two being the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox. Castillo burst onto the international free agent scene when he worked out for 29 major league teams last month. The majority of the scouts present at the showcase were very impressed with what they saw, and hence, the three remaining contenders will have to fork out plenty of cash, if they are serious about signing the Cuban prospect. Rumor has it, Castillo may demand upwards of 5-years/$60 million.

Rusney, a 27-year-old, stands at 5’8”, 170 pounds and bats and throws right handed. If you watch his workout video, his raw skills are evident. His arm seems strong and accurate, and he showed decent power at the plate. However, he is unlikely to become a home-run hitter, especially if he plays in AT&T Park, where he could use triples alley to showcase his gap power instead.

Given the recent success of international players in the major leagues, it’s hard to ignore Castillo in the market. The likes of Yasiel Puig, Masahiro Tanaka, Yoenis Cespedes, and Jose Abreu have taken MLB by storm and have proven the importance of the international market in recent years.

Castillo could be a very useful player for the Giants, and is expected to be a contributor on whichever pennant-contending team he chooses to sign with. With Michael Morse set to become a free agent at the end of the season, and Angel Pagan’s inability to stay healthy for a full season, an outfielder like Castillo would be a welcome addition for the long-term future in the Giants organization. Castillo is expected to make a decision by the end of the week.

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