The Red Sox have optioned outfielder Rusney Castillo to Triple-A Pawtucket, per NESN’s Tom Caron. Castillo started only one game this season, going 2-for-4 with a double against the Blue Jays on Saturday.
However, Castillo had a rough spring, hitting .183, forcing the Red Sox to open the season with a platoon of Brock Holt and Chris Young in left field. That came after a rough 2015 season in which Castillo hit .253/.288/.359 with five home runs and 29 RBI in 289 plate appearances.
The Red Sox inked Castillo, from Cuba, to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract in August 2014. His contract is one of several which have yet to pan out favorably for the Red Sox.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.