Red Sox send $72.5 million outfielder Rusney Castillo back to Triple-A


After not playing Rusney Castillo for a week the Red Sox have decided to demote the 27-year-old rookie outfielder back to Triple-A.

Castillo played regularly upon being called up last month, but he wasn’t very productive and once the Red Sox acquired veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza his playing time dried up.

Castillo remains a big part of the Red Sox’s long-term plans after signing for $72.5 million after leaving Cuba, but a last-place team choosing to play a mediocre veteran pickup like De Aza over him suggests they think he needs more development time in the minors at the very least.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.