The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo agreed to a record seven-year, $72 million contract less than one week ago and it looks like they aren’t wasting any time getting him into game action.
Per Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com, Castillo has successfully obtained a work visa from the U.S. government and is now eligible to play in games. The 27-year-old arrived at the Red Sox facility in Fort Myers, Florida on Wednesday to begin workouts. The minor league season is drawing to a close in a hurry, but one option is to use him during the Gulf Coast League playoffs this weekend. The expectation is that he will get some major league experience in September.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.