The Boston Red Sox have signed for Rusney Castillo, as first reported by William Perez Villalba of Glorias del Beisbol Cubano. The deal is worth $72.5 million over seven seasons, per Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston.
The 27-year-old outfielder becomes just the latest Cuban player to land a monster contract before playing a single game in the big leagues. Castillo's best tool is his remarkable speed, as Ben Badler of Baseball America notes. However, Castillo definitely doesn't have the power of Jose Abreu, Yoenis Cespedes or even Yasiel Puig.
Red Sox manager John Farrell offered a mixed scouting report on Castillo, via Edes.
"Above-average speed. Can play center field or right field. What kind of power? What kind of average? Obviously our scouts liked him enough."
According to the system created by Clay Davenport to translate statistics from one league to another, the numbers could be underwhelming. As Eno Sarris of FanGraphs tweets, the Davenport Translation for Castillo is .237/.276/.390 with nine home runs and 15 steals.
It's possible that Castillo will exceed those numbers. Still, it will be extremely difficult for the newest Red Sox to live up to his $72.5-million price tag.
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