On Sunday, the Red Sox placed outfielder Rusney Castillo on waivers. As expected due to his remaining salary, he cleared waivers and as such, the club outrighted him to Triple-A Pawtucket, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said of Castillo, “The big shortcoming has been the offensive production,” per the Providence Journal’s Tim Britton. Dombrowski also said of Castillo’s chances of returning to the majors, “That really depends on what he does.”
The Red Sox and Castillo agreed on a seven-year, $72.5 million contract in August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, he has hit a paltry .262/.301/.379 in 337 plate appearances. The numbers haven’t been much better in the minors, as he owns a .674 OPS in 333 plate appearances with Pawtucket.
Castillo is earning $10.5 million this season and will earn a combined $32.5 million from 2017-19. He can opt out of his contract after the 2019 season or collect a $13.5 million salary in 2020.