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Rusney Castillo | Outfielder

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/9/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Rusney Castillo will join Double-A Portland on Wednesday.
Castillo made his pro debut by appearing in two games during the Gulf Coast League finals and he'll now move up to participate in the Eastern League playoffs. The newly-signed outfielder should make his way up to the big league roster at some point this month. Sep 1 - 5:00 PM

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Rusney Castillo will make his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox on Sunday.

He'll play in the Gulf Coast League finals on Sunday, before progressing to join Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket for their respective postseason series. He's expected to reach the Red Sox at some point in September.
Aug 30 - 9:14 AM

Rusney Castillo is expected to play for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox on Saturday if the club wins their first playoff game Friday.

It would be his first minor league game since he signed a record seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox last week. It's not clear how many games in the minors Castillo will play, but the plan remains for him to join the big club sometime next month.
Aug 29 - 9:47 AM

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Thursday that he hasn't ruled out Rusney Castillo playing in a minor league game this weekend.

Castillo agreed to a record seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox late last week and has since obtained a work visa. The 27-year-old will get a few games under his belt to shake the rust, but he should be up with the big club in September.
Aug 28 - 5:53 PM

Rusney Castillo has obtained a work visa and is eligible to play in games.

There was some question as to whether he would have the visa prior to the minor league seasons coming to a close, but the Red Sox will now be able to sneak him into a few games before the end of August if so desired. The 27-year-old Cuban outfielder is expected to make his major league debut sometime in September. He inked a record seven-year, $72.5 million contract last week.
Aug 27 - 11:39 PM

Red Sox signed outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract through 2020.

Castillo passed his physical, and the signing was confirmed. He'll proceed to join a minor league team once he gets his work visa, and he should be up with the Red Sox in September. According to's Jon Heyman, Castillo gets a $5.4 million signing bonus, $100,000 in 2014, $10.5 million each in 2015-17, $11 million each in 2018-19 and $13.5 million in 2020. The last year is voidable, allowing Castillo to become a free agent after 2019.
Aug 23 - 2:04 PM

The Red Sox confirmed Saturday that Rusney Castillo will spend some time in the minors before joining the team.

It sounds as though Castillo will get officially signed today, but there will be some red tape remaining before he's allowed to begin playing in games. Depending on how quickly that can be cleared up, he has a pretty good chance of playing in the majors at some point during September. The Pawtucket Red Sox are in position to take part in the playoffs, which could give Castillo some extra minor league at-bats before his callup.
Aug 23 - 11:21 AM's Ken Rosenthal reports that Rusney Castillo's contract with the Red Sox includes a clause that allows him to become a free agent after 2019.

Castillo's seven-year, $72.5 million deal, which still isn't official, will run through the 2020 season, but it appears that it's essentially a six-year deal with a player option tacked on the end. If Castillo proves to be a quality regular, he'll get a chance to go after another long-term deal at age 32, rather than 33.
Aug 23 - 9:43 AM's Alex Speier reports that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on a seven-year, $72.5 million contract.'s Jesse Sanchez reported earlier that a deal was close. It's for seven years instead of the initially reported six, but the first year only covers the rest of this season. The contract is a record for a Cuban defector, topping the six-year, $68 million deal Jose Abreu got last offseason. Castillo wants to play in the majors this season, but it's not clear at this point if that's what the Red Sox have planned. There are less than two weeks remaining in the minor league season.
Aug 22 - 11:32 AM's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Red Sox are "on track" to complete a six-year, $72 million contract with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.

It will be a record-setting deal, topping Jose Abreu's six-year, $68 million pact from last offseason. The Red Sox appear to have outbid the Tigers, among others, for Castillo's services. Although the 27-year-old has reportedly professed a desire to play in the majors this season, the out-of-contention Red Sox have no reason to rush him. Castillo has great speed and some power, making his ceiling in fantasy leagues pretty high.
Aug 22 - 10:56 AM's Alex Speier has been told by "multiple major league teams that have been involved in the sweepstakes" that the Red Sox are the favorite to sign Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.

Gordon Edes of is hearing the same thing, saying the Red Sox are "optimistic" about landing Castillo. Speier notes that terms have not been agreed to yet and at last check Castillo was still in "active" talks with multiple clubs. However, it's sounding like it's only a matter of time before he signs with Boston. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has reported previously that Castillo wants to play in the majors this season, but the out-of-contention Red Sox would seem less likely to push him to make his debut this year.
Aug 22 - 8:44 AM

Gordon Edes of reports that the Red Sox and Tigers "appear to be the front-runners" for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday listed those two teams in addition to the Giants as the most likely landing spots for Castillo, but it appears San Francisco may have dropped out of the bidding. Edes also adds that Castillo is expected to make a decision "no later than the weekend." Castillo reportedly could receive a deal in the five-year, $60 million range.
Aug 21 - 7:49 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo "has designs on playing in the big leagues this season."

It will likely depend on who he ends up signing with, as he would seem much more likely to make it to the majors in 2014 on a contending team. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has listed the Tigers, Red Sox and Giants as the three most likely landing spots for Castillo, with the Cubs, Yankees, Phillies and Mariners on the periphery. Heyman adds that the Yankees are the lone team viewing Castillo as a second baseman, with the rest convinced he's best off in the outfield.
Aug 20 - 2:44 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers, Red Sox and Giants are "still in the mix" for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.

Rosenthal says the Cubs, Yankees and Phillies -- previously thought to be among the favorites for Castillo -- are not expected to place a high bid. Castillo is expected to sign on with someone any day now and could command a contract north of Yasiel Puig's seven-year, $42 million deal.
Aug 19 - 9:01 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney was told by two people involved in the bidding for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo that they expect Castillo to sign with the Cubs.

Olney cautions that they are "educated guesses," but it's notable nonetheless. Castillo is expected to sign soon and could command a contract north of Yasiel Puig's seven-year, $42 million deal. Along with the Cubs, the Red Sox, Tigers, Phillies, Yankees and Mariners are seen as serious players for Castillo.
Aug 19 - 6:05 PM

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