The Boston Red Sox won the bidding for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, who is expected to join the team this season. ESPN reported that the 27-year-old will be in Boston on Saturday to have a physical.
The Red Sox and Castillo have agreed on a seven-year, $72.5 million contract, multiple outlets reported. The contract is a record for a Cuban player, topping the six-year, $68 million deal slugger Jose Abreu agreed to last year with the Chicago White Sox.
Castillo defected from Cuba in December and stayed in shape in Haiti. He started working out for major league teams in July, and the Red Sox were one of the more aggressive teams vying for Castillo's services. It has been reported that the Detroit Tigers also were very active in trying to gain Castillo's services.
Castillo will join a Red Sox outfield that already includes another Cuban defector: Yoenis Cespedes. With the recent demotion of center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and 34-year-old Shane Victorino having back surgery, there should be plenty of opportunity for Castillo.
The scouting report on Castillo touts the 5-foot-9, 200-pounder as an athletic outfielder with similar skills as Los Angeles Dodgers right field Yasiel Puig, minus the power. Castillo has above-average speed and an average throwing arm.
---The Minnesota Twins, who have lost 95-plus games in three straight seasons and are on pace to lose 90 this year, expect to bring back manager Ron Gardenhire in 2015.
General manager Terry Ryan told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Gardenhire will return for his 14th season as manager.
The Twins were 63-99 in 2011 and were 66-96 in the following two seasons. Under Gardenhire, the Twins have won six American League Central titles.
---The Oakland Athletics reinstated outfielder Craig Gentry from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Dan Otero to Triple-A Sacramento.
Gentry was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 28 with a broken right hand. He began a two-game rehab assignment with Sacramento on Monday against Oklahoma City and went 0-for-7 with an RBI and three strikeouts in starts at designated hitter and in right field.
Otero has spent the entire season with the A's and is 7-1 with a save and a 2.28 ERA in 56 relief appearances.
---The Chicago White Sox recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte to take the roster spot of second baseman Gordon Beckham, who was traded to the Los Angeles Angels.
Sanchez, 22, is hitting .293 with 19 doubles, six triples, seven home runs, 57 RBIs, 60 runs scored and 16 stolen bases in 110 games with Charlotte this season. He has appeared in 64 games at second base, 44 at shortstop and two at third.
The White Sox also released left-handed pitcher Charlie Leesman, shortly after designating him for assignment. Leesman posted a 4.10 ERA in 66 2/3 innings at Charlotte this season.