According to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports, the Boston Red Sox placed outfielder Rusney Castillo on outright waivers over the weekend. Heyman reports that Castillo was actually placed on waivers Saturday, meaning the 28-year old from Cuba will clear waivers on Monday.
While Castillo is likely to go unclaimed and remain within the Red Sox organization, he will be removed from the 40-man roster. The move represents the resounding disappointment Castillo’s career with the Red Sox has been, as he’s seen just 337 major-league plate appearances over parts of three seasons since signing a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the club in the summer of 2014.
In his career with the Red Sox, Castillo has amassed a .262/.301/.379 line with seven home runs and twelve doubles. He’s recorded a career 83 OPS+, 82 wRC+, and .298 wOBA.
With well over $50 million owed to Castillo over the rest of 2016 and through 2020, there’s little chance that any team outside Boston would be willing to take on Castillo without Boston paying a significant portion of the cost. At this point, the chance that Castillo will ever be a productive player for the Red Sox looks incredibly slim, with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts cemented as starters and youngster Andrew Benintendi progressing quickly through the minors.
The best case scenario for the Boston at this point would be for another club to express interest in Castillo so that the Red Sox could work a deal to recoup at least a portion of the cost they’ve sunk into Castillo’s contract. If not, Castillo looks to be a burden on the Red Sox payroll for many years to come.