Actions speak louder than words.
And today by their actions, the Red Sox shouted it out to the world: Rusney Castillo is a bust.
— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) March 29, 2016
Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Tuesday that Brock Holt will be the Opening Day starter in left field and will play against right-handed pitchers and get the majority of playing time in left. Chris Young will play against left-handers, making Castillo the odd man out.
“My plan is always to be ready for the season,” Castillo said through an interpreter according to CSNNE’s Sean McAdam. “I don’t pay attention to anything other than that. I’m ready to play, whether I’m in the game or coming off the bench. My plan is just to always stay ready for whatever situation happens.”
So the $72.5 million dollar man will be on the bench, or at some point because he has minor league options, Rusty will be sent down to play for Larry Lucchino and Dr. Charles Steinberg in Pawtucket.
This is just another case of the Red Sox throwing good money away on a bad contract. The 28-year-old Castillo was billed as a five-tool player when the Sox signed him out of Cuba. The problem is, none of those tools relate to baseball.
The conventional wisdom and spin from Yawkey Way will be to blame this on former GM Ben Cherington. Ben signed him. But it was not only Cherington’s fault. Current GM Mike Hazen and many of the folks still in the Red Sox vaunted baseball operations department are also to blame. They were here when Castillo was given a contract he did not deserve. This is an organizational problem, not just Cherington’s.
At the end of last season and into the offseason, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told the world that Castillo would be the starting left fielder and how excited he was to have a young outfield consisting of Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts. But then Dombrowski saw first-hand this spring that Castillo can’t play.
So while the Red Sox did not come right out and say Castillo is a bust, today’s announcement by the manager spoke loudly enough. Rusney Castillo is officially a bust.
Now let’s see who starts at third base.