Red Sox place Rusney Castillo on waivers

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The Red Sox placed outfielder Rusney Castillo on waivers on Saturday, Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports. Castillo is owed $32.5 million over the next three seasons plus $13.5 million in 2020 if he doesn’t opt out, according to Cot’s Contracts. Any team that claims Castillo would be responsible for the balance. That makes it quite likely he passes through waivers unclaimed.

Castillo, 28, was recently promoted to the majors from Triple-A Pawtucket, but he continued to struggle, striking out three times in four plate appearances. That brings his career major league triple-slash line to .262/.301/.379 in 337 PA. Castillo’s performance at Triple-A this season wasn’t any better, as he was batting .245/.304/.320.

The Sox signed Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract in August 2014 after he defected from Cuba. It has unfortunately not worked out.