The Boston Red Sox have won the battle for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, signing him to a 7-year, $72.5 million dollar contract, according to reports.
Castillo 7-year, $72.5M will be highest total value for Cuban free agent. Abreu still highest average annual value with 6-year, $68M deal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 22, 2014
The contract is a record-breaker for a Cuban born player, breaking the mark set by Jose Abreu last off-season.
Castillo is the latest prodigy to make the jump from Cuba to the Major Leagues, joining Jose Abreu, Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig, and Aroldis Chapman, among others. Castillo and Cespedes will team up to make a formidable outfield tandem in Boston.
Castillo is blessed with great speed and power, and he’s expected to be a major stolen base threat in the bigs. One obsticle Castillo has to overcome is that he reportedly hasn’t played competitively since 2012.
If that’s the case, he’s going to have to work extremely hard to get back into the baseball groove.