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Boston Red Sox Sign Rusney Castillo to 7-year, $72.5 Million Contract

August 22nd, 2014 at 11:22 AM
By Michael Moraitis

UPDATE: Friday, August 22 at 12:06 p.m. ET

The original contract figures for the Castillo-Red Sox deal were slightly off, as it turns out Castillo has signed a seven-year deal worth $72.5 million, per Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com:

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Original Text

Rusney Castillo looks to have finally found a team and it is none other than the Boston Red Sox.

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com says the deal is almost done and will be a record-setting contract for an amateur international player:

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirms Castillo's signing with Boston:

There were a slew of teams after the 27-year-old Cuban defector, but the team with one of the worst records in Major League Baseball came away with him. The Red Sox, who are in the depths of a horrid 2014 campaign, have now added the next big thing coming out of Cuba.

Granted, Castillo isn't as heralded as Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Abreu were, but Castillo has seen a fair amount of hype. Scouts have called him everything from a fourth outfielder to a potential star with speed and power.

The Yankees never seemed to be out in front of the Castillo discussion. From the beginning it was figured New York would be in the picture because of deep pockets, however the Yankees didn't seem inclined to open those pockets to take the risk on signing Castillo.

And it is a risk. Now that we see what the Red Sox paid for Castillo, it's a bit easier to say thanks, but no thanks.

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