Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo

34-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Nationals in January of 2022. Released by the Nationals in April of 2022.
Let go by Washington
OFFree Agent  
April 11, 2022
The Nationals released Castillo last week, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reports.
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Castillo, who memorably signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox in August 2014 before losing his spot on the 40-man roster just under two seasons later, hasn't appeared in the majors since 2016. After spending the 2021 campaign in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, Castillo returned to North America this winter, signing with the Nationals on a minor-league deal. Ultimately, the Nationals weren't willing to dedicate a roster spot at Triple-A Rochester to a 34-year-old outfielder, who may have to look outside of affiliated ball if he desires to keep his career going.
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The 30-year-old Castillo still has $35.5 million left on the deal that he signed in August of 2014, which amuses all Red Sox haters as much as it angers Red Sox fans. Castillo has amassed 337 plate appearances over a three-year period, most of which came in 2015 and none of which came last season. In 87 games with Triple-A Pawtucket, Castillo hit .314/.350/.507 and yet did not even get a September callup because his presence on the roster would have put Boston over the luxury tax threshold last year. The success in Triple-A last season provides a glimmer of hope and he could become the right-handed reserve outfielder off the bench much like Chris Young was in 2017. That said, Castillo can still be sent to the minors in 2018, so a roster spot is no guarantee.
After he signed in August 2014, Castillo, who hadn't played in a competitive situation since 2013, hinted at his potential in 120 plate appearances at various levels of the organization before a thumb injury cut short his winter offseason. Castillo didn't transition to baseball in the States as quickly as a seven-year, $72.5 million contract suggested it would. He had an oblique injury in spring training and didn't get enough at-bats, so it was off to Triple-A Pawtucket where he endured a few more minor injuries before getting a callup in May. Major league pitchers were able to exploit his aggressiveness at the plate and there were questions about his baseball IQ. He eventually got regular playing time and played well, but again not as much as his big contract would suggest. He's expected to open the season as a starter, probably in left field, but could lose out on at-bats against left-handed pitching to Chris Young.
Castillo is a bit of mystery. The Red Sox out-bid several other teams and signed him to a six-year, $72 million deal in late August. His initial assignment in Boston's minor-league system was his first competitive baseball in 18 months. After some time at Boston's various minor-league affiliates, Castillo made 40 plate appearances (10 games) for Boston late in September and began to flash his potential in the final week of the season, going 8-for-16 with six runs, three walks, two stolen bases, two homers and five RBI in his final five games. The plan called for him to get 200 plate appearances, including his work in the minors, majors, Arizona Fall League and Puerto Rican winter ball before shutting down. He suffered a bruised hand in the Fall League, but it was a minor injury, and he eventually reported to Puerto Rico to finish off his offseason program. Scouts say he's a five-tool player, and the team's investment in him points to a significant long-term role. An oblique injury during spring training and a crowded depth chart prompted the Red Sox to option Castillo to Triple-A to begin the year, while Mookie Betts is positioned as the team's starting center fielder for Opening Day. Castillo may only be a Shane Victorino injury away from getting a regular spot in Boston.
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Returns stateside
OFWashington Nationals  
January 20, 2022
Castillo signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Thursday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Heads to Japan
OFFree Agent  
January 9, 2021
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Healthy again
OFBoston Red Sox  
April 7, 2019
Castillo (groin) will start in right field Sunday in Triple-A Pawtucket's game against Syracuse.
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Shipped to minors
OFBoston Red Sox  
Groin
March 12, 2019
The Red Sox assigned Castillo (groin) to their minor-league camp Tuesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
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Dealing with minor groin issue
OFBoston Red Sox  
Groin
February 24, 2019
Castillo has a right groin injury and won't play for at least three days, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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