Over the years, the Red Sox have benefited from developing major league talent through their farm system, allowing them to offer budding stars long-term deals before they become free agents.
According to Theo Epstein, that's exactly what the Red Sox tried to do with Jacoby Ellsbury, who is in the middle of a career-year.
Its not a secret that weve sat down and tried to lock Jacoby up in the past and well sit down in the future again and try to do it once more at the appropriate time, Epstein said during an interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. Hes somebody weve longed believed in , weve long seen as a core young member of the organization wed love to keep around.
We have certain organizational standards that have to be met, but we worked hard and were able to meet those standards with the Pedroias and Youkilises and Lesters of the world.
Wed love to one day be able to announce that Jacoby was going to stick around this organization for a really long time. This is where he should be. We see him as a core guy.
The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:
“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”
Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.
That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.