The Red Sox made a big splash on the Cuban free agent market yesterday, agreeing to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with outfielder Rusney Castillo. Details on the deal have emerged today, courtesy of Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Castillo received a $5.4M signing bonus and $100K salary for the remainder of 2014, and will earn $10.5M in each season from 2015 to 2017 before receiving an $11M salary in 2018 and 2019. He has a $13.5M player option that he means he can become a free agent after the 2019 season, when he is 32 years old.
Castillo will also receive a limited no-trade clause, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, but it is currently unclear how many teams he can block a trade to. Castillo reportedly just has to get his work visa before joining one of the Red Sox' minor league affiliates, which he will do in preparation for a September callup that will get him acclimated to the big leagues.
With Castillo and trade acquisitions Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig in tow, the Red Sox have completely retooled an outfield that has struggled for much of the 2015 season and will have to decide on the futures of incumbents like Daniel Nava and Jackie Bradley Jr. this offseason.