BOSTON — It’s official: Rusney Castillo is the newest member of the Boston Red Sox.
The team announced the signing of the 27-year-old Cuban outfielder to a seven-year contract during Saturday afternoon’s game against the Seattle Mariners. The value of the contract was not disclosed, but multiple outlets have reported it as $72.5 million.
#RedSox today signed OF Rusney Castillo to a 7-year major league contract beginning in 2014 and continuing through 2020.—
Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 23, 2014
Ron Berkowitz (@ronberk1) August 23, 2014
Castillo visited Fenway Park before the game to undergo final testing and meet with manager John Farrell. He’ll now report to the Red Sox’s spring training facility in Fort Myers, where he will resume baseball activities.
Farrell did not give a timetable for when the new addition might make his major league debut when speaking with reporters Saturday morning, but he did say that Castillo likely will get a few at-bats in the minors before joining the Red Sox.
Castillo played 360 games over five seasons in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, posting a .319/.383/.516 slash line with 75 doubles, 11 triples and 51 home runs.
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