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Report: Cuban Star Rusney Castillo Aggressively Pursued By Six Teams

Cuban sensation Rusney Castillo (right) is expected to make a decision as to where he'll play at the end of the week - Mandatory Credit: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images via Bleacher Report

Cuban sensation Rusney Castillo (right) is expected to make a decision as to where he’ll play at the end of the week – Mandatory Credit: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images via Bleacher Report

Now that the MLB has witnessed the talents of Jose Abreu, Yoenis Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman, and Yasiel Puig, teams are starting to key in on Cuban defectors.

And the most recent highly coveted Cuban is versatile sensation Rusney Castillo.

Castillo, 27, worked out privately with various teams, and he’s expected to decide between joining the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and Seattle Mariners by the end of the week, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Castillo is mainly an outfielder, but the Yankees are considering him a possible second base talent, per Heyman. Reasons as to why Castillo will sign soon are due to the fact he can join a team this season, and help said club down the stretch.

Scouts have said that Castillo is a speedy character, but has the ability to drive one out the ballpark. An official from an interested party told Heyman, “He isn’t Abreu or Cespedes in terms of power, but he has above-average major-league power.”

However, as of right now, it doesn’t seem like there’s a clear-cut favorite to land Castillo. It just seems like a bunch of teams are trying to nose out the finish line.

Given the trend in successful Cuban players over recent years, this situation could certainly come down to money.

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