Cuban Links: Boston Red Sox Sign Cuban Prospect Rusney Castillo

2011 10 08 Chitre Panama Italia-Cuba ph Ezio Ratti

Don’t look now, but the Boston Red Sox are quietly building a killer squad for the 2015 season. After throwing the white flag for 2014 the Red Sox have been acquiring some nice pieces for the future. In the deal that sent their ace Jon Lester to the Oakland A’s the Sox acquired Cuban sensation Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes gives the Sox a big right-handed bat and a stellar arm in the outfield. Oh and Lester is a free agent after this season so don’t count on him not resigning back with Boston.

Today the Sox acquired another Cuban player, signing prized international prospect 27-year-old Rusney Castillo to a seven-year $72 million deal. Castillo was highly touted receiving heavy interest from top clubs including the Detroit Tigers and arch-nemesis New York Yankees. Ultimately Boston won his services and will have Castillo for the 2015 season. Did having Cespedes on the roster make the Red Sox a more welcoming place? Definitely didn’t hurt.

Castillo isn’t on the same level of Cespedes or the Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Yasiel Puig, but his numbers from last season in Cuba were impressive. In 360 games he hit .319 smacked 51 home runs and stole 76 bases. He is listed as an outfielder, but showed an ability to play the infield in private workouts. Where Boston decides to put Castillo is still unknown, but what is known is that the Boston Red Sox will be a lot better in 2015 and beyond.