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The Red Sox have reportedly signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a deal for 7 years, $72.5 million.. The Sox were well documented in being after the slugger, and after missing out on Jose Abreu, they won’t make the same mistake twice. Castillo might not be at the same level as Abreu or Yasiel Puig, but he’s an elite talent in the Cuban league and will bring a good combination of power and speed to the Major Leagues, not unlike trade deadline acquisition Yoenis Cespedes.
What does this mean for the team? For starters, it’s uncertain at this time when Castillo will arrive with the team. But things are looking bleak for Jackie Bradley Jr, who was optioned to Pawtucket last week. He was unable to produce at the Major League level and we might never see him in Fenway again.
The Sox starting outfield going forward includes Cespedes, Allen Craig, and likely Castillo. Shane Victorino is expected to miss the rest of the season due to injury. We’ll also see some Daniel Nava and Mookie Betts on the Fenway grass as well.
It is interesting to note that Castillo signed for more money than Cespedes, Abreu, or Puig, but such is the price of doing business when those guys have had so much success. Having Cespedes in the locker room with Castillo will be huge to make him feel welcome and comfortable. We could see some big things from him in the future.