The Red Sox have been out of contention for weeks now, but from late July up until this past weekend, the Sox have had the baseball world’s attention.
Boston first grabbed headlines with its acquisition of outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Oakland A’s at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and last Friday wowed many with the signing of Cuban defector Rusney Castillo for seven years, $72.5 million.
Castillo, also an outfielder, is expected to play in Boston this season but he will first begin working out at the Red Sox training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. and will subsequently see some action in the minors.
“This is an exciting player,” Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said of Castillo. “A great combination of skills and defensive ability, speed and solid power. He’s got a really strong track record in Cuba. We’re excited to add him to the organization and we feel he can be a big part of winning Red Sox teams here for a long time.”
It’s certainly an unconventional approach by the Red Sox to acquire big money talent and have them play out the string in a “lost season.”
On the surface, the moves are being made simply to line up a potent 2015 lineup. But it has been suggested that Cherington may have ulterior motives. Gordon Edes, of ESPNBoston.com, suggests that the Sox GM could be acquiring all of these “ready-made” players in order to swing a blockbuster deal for Miami Marlins stud outfielder Giancarlo Stanton this off-season. Edes also wrote this weekend that White Sox lefty Chris Sale could also be on Boston’s winter wish list.
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