Let’s say you go and trade for a slugger such as Yoenis Cespedes to anchor your lineup and man the outfield in order to start rebuilding your team. How do you follow that up?
You sign someone like Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract.
The high-prized Cuban outfielder will anchor another outfield spot opposite Cespedes in 2015 – giving the Red Sox a ton of potential among their expensive stars. At 25 years old, Castillo is still a few years away from hitting his “prime” for the Red Sox.
“This is an exciting player,” said general manager Ben Cherrington. “He’s got a great combination of skills — defensive ability, speed, solid power, he has a really strong track record in Cuba and we’re excited to add him to the organization and we feel like he can be a big part of winning Red Sox teams here for a long time.”
In signing Castillo, the Red Sox could be showing a new mindset for the Boston front office in terms of signing free agents. After being burnt by big free agent contracts in the past (Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Becket), the Red Sox have learned from their flawed past. Focusing on youthful signings from a far, the Red Sox are still taking risks but these are risks much more worth the investment.
It has been a strong month for the Red Sox, a month that has seen the front office lay fantastic groundwork for the future of the organization. The addition of Castillo will go a long way towards brightening the future of the Red Sox.
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