Boston Red Sox fans will have something to smile about this season. According to a report by Gordon Edes of ESPN, the Red Sox and the much-coveted Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo have agreed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract. A team source confirmed the news to Edes a day after reports surfaced the Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were front-runners for the services of Castillo.
Castillo, 27, will join the team this season pending a physical he will undergo on Saturday. He will join the outfield with fellow Cuban outfielder, Yoenis Cespedes. In a lost season for the Red Sox, the next couple of months should be quite interesting with Castillo now in the mix with an influx of young talent expected to be on the team after the September 1 call ups.
The Red Sox beat out multiple teams for Castillo. The Tigers were noted as the team Boston was jockeying with the most to acquire the talent of Castillo. Financially, the Red Sox will stay beneath the $189 million luxury tax threshold by starting Castillo’s deal this year. By doing so, they were able to lower the average annual value of his contract to $10.36 million. He will only make $500,000 this year and the rest of the money will be earned over the course of the remaining years left on the contract.
Castillo’s combination of power and speed will be a welcomed addition to the Red Sox team. He joins a crowded outfield that includes Cespedes, Allen Craig, Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt and Mookie Betts. It is a good bet that the Red Sox use a couple of those players in a potential offseason trade. Castillo is the first Red Sox player to be represented by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.