Castillo meets teammates, Farrell at Fenway

Castillo meets teammates, Farrell at Fenway
August 23, 2014, 12:45 pm
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BOSTON - We had our first official Rusney Castillo sighting at Fenway Park on Saturday.

The Cuban outfielder who the Red Sox officially signed this afternoon was out on the field wearing Sox gear, chatting it up with some members of the Seattle Mariners and signing autographs for some young Sox fans who may or may not know exactly who he is yet.

Castillo, who was already wearing Boston Marathon edition New Balance sneakers, had met some members of the Red Sox briefly, including David Ortiz, and sat down with manager John Farrell for a bit.

"I did get a chance to sit with him and talk with him this morning," Farrell said. "He's excited to be here, glad the process has moved along to this point, and excited to get started when that day comes."

Castillo was still going through some exams and administrative things Saturday morning - including getting a work visa - before anything could be official, but he signed the seven-year $72.5 million deal shortly after.

Farrell was asked who he could compare Castillo to, and after thinking about it for a bit, went with another Cuban who recently burst onto the scene.

"He's obviously a very strong-looking athlete. Maybe a little bit shorter version of [Yasiel] Puig," Farrell said. "You get a similar proportion to that type of body. What that means performance wise, we'll see, but we're confident in the athleticism and the overall strength."

Don't expect Castillo to trot out to Fenway's center field right away, though. The team plans on getting him some at-bats in the minor league first.

"I will say this: it's our hope and our intent that he does get some at-bats at an affiliate once that day comes," Farrell said. "I don't have the exact timeline on that."