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Agent Brodie Van Wagenen: Interest in Rusney Castillo ‘really extraordinary’

08.23.14 at 7:00 pm ET
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Brodie Van Wagenen, the agent who represented outfielder Rusney Castillo in the free agent process that resulted in his client signing a seven-year, $72.5 million deal with the Red Sox on Saturday, offered an outline of the trajectory that greeted his client’s arrival in Major League Baseball.

Rusney Castillo joins Red Sox GM Ben Cherington to sign his seven-year, $72.5 million contract. (Roc Nation)

Rusney Castillo joins Red Sox GM Ben Cherington to sign his seven-year, $72.5 million contract. (Roc Nation)

The free agent process began in earnest on July 26, when Castillo held a showcase for interested teams; 28 of the 30 clubs attended. Based on what Castillo showed that day, interest in his services did not abate.

“The interest coming out of that workout was really extraordinary — something we haven’t seen before in a typical free agent process,” said Van Wagenen. “As we started to narrow the field, we knew that we couldn’t have private, individual workouts for all 28 teams involved in that and still be able to keep a pace where we could sign and reach an agreement in a short period of time to still allow him to sign a 2014 contract. So, effectively we used economic interest as a narrowing scope to decide who got the private workouts and the private showcases. So we narrowed that list to about 13 teams, and then ultimately we narrowed that again to eight teams that received private workouts and extensive dialogue.”

From the beginning of the process, the Red Sox — under VP/player personnel Allard Baird — were among the most aggressive teams. Read the rest of this entry »

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Closing Time: Brandon Workman’s implosion extends Red Sox losing streak to seven games

08.23.14 at 5:03 pm ET
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Yoenis Cespedes takes stock of the Red Sox‘ seven-run yield in the fourth inning. (Getty Images)

For the second night in a row, the Red Sox squandered a three-run lead to the Mariners at Fenway Park.

However, this collapse came much earlier than the ninth inning.

The culprit Saturday was Red Sox starter Brandon Workman, who was tagged for 10 hits and seven earned runs in a nightmare of a fourth inning that proved to be the difference maker in a 7-3 Mariners win.

The Red Sox have now lost seven games in a row,€“ marking the second-longest losing streak for the club this year, behind only 10 straight contests from May 15 to May 25.

Boston got off to a promising start Saturday afternoon against Seattle, scoring a run off of Mariners southpaw starter Chris Young in each of the first three innings to build up a 3-0 cushion for Workman. Read the rest of this entry »

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Warnings issued after David Ortiz, Robinson Cano hit by pitches

08.23.14 at 4:19 pm ET
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Half an inning after Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was smoked on the inside of his left forearm by Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush, Red Sox reliever Alex Wilson drilled Mariners star Robinson Cano on the backside with a 93 mph first pitch. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez immediately issued warnings to both dugouts.

Ortiz stayed in the game after receiving a brief visit from a Red Sox team trainer while doubled over in pain behind the plate. Cano, likewise, stayed in the game, though he perambulated to first at a languorous pace.

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Rusney Castillo: The video

08.23.14 at 2:54 pm ET
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For those intrigued by a glimpse of what Rusney Castillo looks like as a baseball player, JAY-Z’s Life+Times channel on Youtube produced the following look at the Red Sox‘ new outfielder:

How Rusney Castillo’s contract breaks down

08.23.14 at 2:11 pm ET
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Rusney Castillo joins Red Sox GM Ben Cherington to sign his seven-year, $72.5 million contract. (Roc Nation)

Rusney Castillo joins Red Sox GM Ben Cherington to sign his seven-year, $72.5 million contract. (Roc Nation)

The Red Sox announced the signing of outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal that begins immediately and runs through 2020. Here is the breakdown of the deal:

Signing Bonus- $5.4m

2014 Base Salary:    $100k total for the remainder of the year
2015 Base Salary:    $10.5m
2016 Base Salary:    $10.5m
2017 Base Salary:    $10.5m
2018 Base Salary:    $11m
2019 Base Salary:    $11m
2020 Base Salary:    $13.5m

Castillo, who is represented by Roc Nation Sports (a joint ventura of CAA Sports and Roc Nation), has the right to opt out of the seventh and final year of his deal (his age 32 season).

While the deal is in a different ballpark from the seven-year, $153 million deal that Jacoby Ellsbury landed, Castillo will be paid with a guarantee commensurate with or in excess of other top center fielders who have signed free agent deals in recent years, including: Curtis Granderson (four years, $60 million), Michael Bourn (four years, $48 million), Angel Pagan (four years, $40 million) and Shane Victorino (three years, $39 million). Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox pregame notes: Xander Bogaerts continues to be evaluated for possible concussion; Joe Kelly feels ‘no ill effects’ after exiting early from Friday start

08.23.14 at 1:50 pm ET
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Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts‘€™ status going forward with Boston is uncertain in the wake of the 21-year-old taking a Felix Hernandez pitch off the helmet in Friday’€™s loss to the Mariners.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Bogaerts — who is not in the lineup for Saturday’€™s game against Seattle — still needs to undergo additional evaluations to rule out the potential for a concussion.

“€œAnytime you get hit in the head like he did last night and get removed from the game, he’€™s got to go through a protocol, which he’€™s going through today, just to see if there’€™s any concussion symptoms,” Farrell said. “So that’€™s what’€™s taking place this morning.”

While it appeared that Bogaerts was healthy enough to remain in the game after being struck in the head by the 89 mph changeup, it became apparent to Farrell that his shortstop was beginning to lose focus as the game dragged on, leading to his removal from the game.

“The eye tests, the walking in a straight line, having him stand there with his eyes closed, all those were negative results, so it was determined at that point that he continue, based on his response to questions and all that our trainers put him through in the moment,” Farrell said. “But it’s not uncommon, as time goes on, that you start to feel the onset of symptoms and that was the case last night and that’€™s when he was removed.”

Even though no results have been released in terms of Bogaerts’€™ latest series of tests, he told WEEI.com’€™s Alex Speier Saturday morning that he felt better and hopes to play Sunday in the series finale against Seattle.

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

– Another Red Sox player was removed early from Friday’€™s game, as starter Joe Kelly was lifted after five innings despite only throwing 86 pitches. Kelly said after the game that he felt a slight sensation in his shoulder after delivering a curveball in the fifth inning, but that his exit was merely precautionary.

Farrell agreed with Kelly’€™s claims, adding that he expects no limitations for the right-hander going forward.

“€œJoe came in and felt no ill effects from last night after a battery of tests that he went through after the game that didn’€™t reproduce any of the symptoms,” Farrell said. “It was followed up with him feeling well this morning and he’€™s on target to start in five days.”

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John Farrell: Rusney Castillo looks like ‘a shorter version of [Yasiel] Puig’

08.23.14 at 12:51 pm ET
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Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo signs autographs at Fenway Park Saturday morning. (Conor Ryan/WEEI.com)

Cuban defector Rusney Castillo signs autographs at Fenway Park Saturday morning. (Conor Ryan/WEEI.com)

The Red Sox‘ latest Cuban import has finally touched down in Beantown.

Outfielder Rusney Castillo, who is expected to be introduced as a Red Sox on Saturday after agreeing to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with Boston, was at Fenway Park Saturday morning, chatting with Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (a fellow client of Roc Nation Sports, a partnership between Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and CAA) and signing autographs near the Red Sox dugout.

While the deal has yet to be announced, Red Sox manager John Farrell stated that Castillo is enthusiastic about getting his first taste of major-league action in Boston.

“I did get a chance to sit with him and talk with him this morning, he’€™s excited to be here. Glad the process has moved along to this point and excited to get started, when that day comes,” Farrell said.

The timetable for when Castillo will be officially introduced by the organization is unclear at this time, but Farrell added that a press conference will likely be held after Saturday’€™s game with more information on Castillo’€™s status with the club.

“€œHe’€™s going through the final stages of a full exam here. He’€™s in town, as everyone has probably seen. … What remains? There still are a number of administrative things that he’€™s got to go through, a work visa, all those types of things,” Farrell said. “As far as a timeline, that will be determined a little bit later, and like I said, all those questions will be answered later today.” Read the rest of this entry »

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