It is a great signing by the Red Sox, who entered the 2014 season with a lot of questions about who would start in the outfield, but will end the season with at least six different options. There is obviously Yoenis Cespedes, now Castillo, Shane Victorino who is on the disabled list, Allen Craig, Daniel Nava, and of course the young talents of Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts.
All of a sudden, Boston has a lot of assets to potentially deal in the offseason and I’m interested to see what they do with them.
What Castillo brings is some great speed and solid pop at the plate, which in my mind will translate into being a reliable leadoff hitter for Boston. We’ve all seen how Boston has struggled to find that guy this season since Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the New York Yankees last offseason. Having that back could be huge for the Red Sox. Castillo’s speed will help both defensively (running down balls in the outfield) and offensively (stealing bases and scoring on base hits). He has also played some infield so he could always be used at short or third as well.
He has the potential to be an electrifying player out there for the Red Sox. Overall, it was a signing I liked. Sure, you’re taking a chance on a guy who is 27 and hasn’t played in a year, but it’s obvious that Castillo can be successful in MLB, and if he is, Boston will have him for all of his best years. If the Red Sox can manage to extend Cespedes’ contract, the pair could spend many years together patrolling the Fenway Park grass.
We’ll see what Boston decides to do with their flexibility this offseason, but it feels as though Castillo is part of the organization’s future.