The Boston Red Sox were active at the Major League Baseball trade deadline last month, as they shipped off some high salary players in exchange for players that will improve the Red Sox lineup immensely.
Now that the trade deadline is over, and the Red Sox season is winding down, the club set it’s sights on landing an international star.
According to Fox Sport’s Ken Rosenthal, the Boston Red Sox have announced that they have signed Cuban outfield sensation, Rusney Castillo.
Sources: Deal between #RedSox, Castillo, when finished, will be 7 yrs., $72.5M, but almost completely backloaded, with little money in ’14.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 22, 2014
Castillo, 27, will join the Red Sox this season, and is expected to undergo a physical in Boston on Saturday.
He will be added to an outfield that already includes another Cuban defector, Yoenis Cespedes, who the Red Sox acquired in a trade for pitcher Jon Lester, as well as rangy center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
At 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, Castillo is not a pure power hitter like of Jose Abreu or Cespedes. However, his combination of power and speed has drawn comparisons to Andrew McCutchen and Yasiel Puig.