According to a brief report by Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record, the New York Yankees are no longer continuing their pursuit of Cuban defector, Rusney Castillo. The second baseman/outfielder, has held individual workouts for several teams, and prior to Caldera’s report, the Yankees were believed to be one of the leading teams for Castillo’s services.
As editor Jason Evans wrote earlier today, the impending return of third baseman Alex Rodriguez could be one of the primary reasons for the Yankees halting their desires for Castillo. Caldera cites industry sources, as saying that Castillo’s salary could push $10 million per season, and to add A-Rod’s gigantic contract back to the books, it may simply be too rich of a price to pay for an unknown player. Caldera goes on to state that the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox are most likely the leaders in the clubhouse now for Castillo’s services, and he is expected to sign soon.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports however, recently posted a piece that stated the Yankees are in the thick of things for Castillo, and that the Bombers view Castillo primarily as a second baseman moving forward. Heyman states that Castillo’s contract could range between $35-$55 million dollars, and has said that the Seattle Mariners could once again be a darkhorse candidate for the Cuban, just as they were for former Yankees’ second baseman Robinson Cano.